On 14 December 2013 the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) held a memorial meeting to mark the second anniversary of the demise on 17 December 2011 of the Korean people’s leader, Comrade Kim Jong Il.
The proceedings started with all participants standing in silence in honour of the memory of Comrade Kim Jong Il.
This was followed by Ella Rule making a presentation on behalf of the CPGB-ML outlining the achievements of Comrade Kim Jong Il and the services he rendered to the cause of Korean independence, unification, sovereignty, as well as to peace on the Korean peninsula and to the cause of independence and sovereignty throughout the world.
Ella reminded the meeting that Comrade Kim Jong Il had started his revolutionary activities from an early age and had devoted himself wholeheartedly to furthering the cause of socialism and independence both by his theoretical and by his practical activities. Faced with the unrelenting hostility of US imperialism, he advanced the policy of Songun and furtherance of the defence of the DPRK and its sovereignty.
In the aftermath of the collapse of the once great and glorious Soviet Union and the eastern bloc of socialist countries, when the imperialists were triumphantly claiming the end of Marxism-Leninism and of socialism, Comrade Kim Jong Il energetically repelled these attacks ideologically, politically and by strengthening the DPRK’s defence capability. Under his leadership the DPRK became a nuclear power which, by reinforcing the military capacity of the DPRK, frustrated US imperialism’s never-ceasing attempts to overwhelm it by use of military force. In doing so he gave heart not only to the Korean people but also to people elsewhere seeking a life free from the US imperialist stranglehold.
While pursuing the defence of the DPRK, Comrade Kim Jong Il made strenuous efforts in the direction of the unification of the divided Korean nation. He also devoted his attention to economic affairs aimed at bringing prosperity to the Korean people
Ella stressed that Comrade Kim Jong Il will be always remembered for his defence of Korean sovereignty, the cause of Korean reunification and the cause of the struggle against imperialism.
At the seminar, the embassy of the DPRK was represented by Comrade Thae Yongho, its minister. He too spoke movingly of the undying service rendered by Comrade Kim Jong Il, as well as updating participants on the current situation in the DPRK and responding to questions.
Participants expressed the unanimous certainty that Comrade Kim Jong Il’s policies will be continued under the wise and loyal leadership of Comrade Kim Jong Un and the Workers’ Party of Korea.