The Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, for which millions of our Party members have made preparations with sincerity and to which they have so looked forward with their hearts burning with patriotism and loyalty, has been convened at an important and crucial time in the development of our revolution.
First, in reflection of the boundless loyalty of you, dear delegates,
and all other Party members, people and service personnel across the
country, I pay the noblest respect and greatest glory to the great
Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the founder and builder of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the eternal leaders of our Party, state and people.
Five years have passed since our Party and all our people started a new
advance to attain the immediate goals and tasks the Seventh Congress of
the Workers’ Party of Korea set forth for socialist construction.
In this period the unprecedented, worst-ever trials put great obstacles
on the road of advance of our revolution, but our Party achieved great
successes through tenacious and accurate practical activities aimed at
implementing its fighting programmes.
During the period under review our internal force further expanded and
strengthened, and the external prestige of the country was raised
remarkably. This is a clear signal that a period of a new upsurge, a
period of gigantic transformation, has arrived for socialist
The Sixth Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the WPK
held in August last year made an in-depth analysis and judgment of the
new trend of our developing revolution and the demands of the prevailing
objective and subjective situations, and decided to convene the current
congress of the WPK.
The convocation of the congress in the present-day arduous circumstances
is a noteworthy political event of great significance in view of the
influence it would exert on the change and development of the internal
and external situations and of the future struggle of our Party, a
socialist ruling party.
When the decision on holding this congress was made public, all the
people across the country, engulfed by a great emotion, warmly supported
it, and it dealt a telling blow to the reactionary forces of all hues,
who were hostile to our cause and attempted to check its advance.
It was because the convocation of the highest-level meeting of the WPK
was an expression of its definite self-confidence in its capability for
leading the revolution to another stage of victory, and constituted
demonstration of its ardent will and solemn pledge to live up to the
people’s great trust and expectations by shouldering the future of the
state and fully discharging its responsibilities and duties.
The Central Committee of our Party made it clear at home and abroad that
it would make this congress a congress for work, struggle and progress.
This was a promise to the Party members and other people that it would
strictly review its work in the period under review, explicitly decide
once again the correct orientation and tasks of struggle for achieving
fresh victories in building our style of socialism and take substantial
measures to this end.
Never little are the successes our Party achieved in the revolutionary
struggle and construction work over the last five years of arduous, yet
By achieving miraculous victories and events noteworthy in the 5
000-year history of our nation after its Seventh Congress, the WPK
provided a sure guarantee for reliably defending the destiny of the
country and the people generation after generation and simultaneously
achieved some meaningful and precious successes and foundations on which
to promote economic construction and improve the people’s standard of
However, though the period of implementing the Five-Year Strategy for
the National Economic Development ended last year, almost all sectors
fell a long way short of the set objectives.
Still existing are the various external and internal challenges that
hamper and hinder our efforts and advance for fresh and continuous
victories in socialist construction.
The key to breaking through the existing manifold difficulties with
utmost certainty and speed lies in consolidating our own strength, our
internal force, in all respects.
Proceeding from the principle of finding the cause of mistakes not in
the objective conditions, but in the subjective conditions, and
resolving all problems by enhancing the role of our motive force, the
current congress is going to make a comprehensive and profound analysis
and judgement of the experiences, lessons and mistakes we have made
during the period under review and, on this basis, define the scientific
goals and tasks of struggle, which we can and must accomplish without
The successes we have already achieved are priceless for us, and so are the bitter lessons that have been accumulated.
All these are things that cannot be bartered even for gold, and
constitute valuable assets for achieving fresh victories in the future.
We should further promote and expand the victories and successes we have
gained at the cost of sweat and blood, and prevent the painful lessons
from being repeated.
In particular, we should be bold enough to recognize the mistakes which,
if left unaddressed, will grow into bigger obstacles and stumbling
blocks, and take resolute measures against their repetition.
This congress has been convened on the basis of this pluck and commitment.
If the Eighth Party Congress, a congress for struggle, carries out its
work in a substantial manner and puts forth a correct line and strategic
and tactical policies, the Korean revolution will greet an era of a new
leap forward and upswing.
Also, the WPK’s struggle for achieving national prosperity and people’s
happiness will switch over to a new stage with the congress as a
To make this congress a substantial congress for work, struggle and
progress, the WPK Central Committee focused on the following issues over
the past four months.
First, it conducted the work of making a comprehensive,
three-dimensional and detailed analysis and review of how the decisions
of the Seventh Party Congress were implemented and drawing experiences
and lessons for future progress and development.
To this end, the Party Central Committee formed a non-permanent central
inspection committee and sent it to lower units on a mission to learn
about the actual situations there and carefully listen to the opinions
of workers, farmers and intellectuals who are Party members and work in
The non-permanent central inspection committee conducted the work in the
way of dispatching its teams to provinces and, after grasping the
actual situations there, dispatching them to ministries and central
institutions by direction and sector to make brisk, comprehensive and
The teams thoroughly examined all aspects of the actual situation
including what was wrong, what was neglected among what could be carried
out and what was implemented in a profitable way or formalistic way in
executing the decisions of the Seventh Party Congress, and if there were
shortcomings, what were their causes and what were the defects in Party
During the days when the Party congress was prepared, departments of the
Party Central Committee and other Party organizations across the
country submitted to the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee
and the preparatory committee of the congress reports of their work
over the last five years and innovative and detailed opinions on the
goals and plans of struggle in the future.
In the course of this, we confirmed once again the priceless truth that
the masses are excellent teachers, and were convinced that it was right
indeed that we had decided to take heed of the opinions of Party
organizations and its members for the preparation of the congress.
What we did is of great significance in making this congress a
revolutionary and militant one, both in name and reality, in which the
general will of all the Party members will be embodied, and the
decisions to be adopted by it become an organizational will of the
As part of the preparations for the Party congress, we analyzed and
reviewed the finances of the Party over the last five years and studied
the measures for improving them.
And we made a profound study aimed at putting to rights the problems in
Party Rules, which were a mechanical repetition of the outdated of the
past or of others’ and did not suit the present reality, in conformity
with the requirements of the developing revolution and the principles of
building a Juche-oriented party.
We also comprehensively appraised the work of the members of the
leadership body of the Seventh Central Committee of the WPK, and
evaluated how much contribution they made to strengthening and
developing the Party and the revolution.
In the lead-up to this Party congress, the basic Party organizations,
provincial, city and county Party committees and the Party committees
performing the same functions as the latter reviewed the work of their
leadership bodies in an effective way and held successful meetings for
electing delegates to the Party congress with the main emphasis on
selecting the Party members who could play core roles in implementing
the decisions of the Party congress in the future.
For the Eighth Party Congress, which would illuminate the road ahead of a
new struggle for the Korean revolution, all the Party members and all
other people across the country achieved brilliant successes by turning
out as one in the 80-day campaign of loyalty after glorifying the 75th
anniversary of the Party founding as a great auspicious event through a
frontal attack for achieving a breakthrough, thus ensuring its
The high political zeal of our Party members and other people, who made
sincere efforts to add glory and strength to their dignified Party
before its congress, is an eruption of their extraordinary revolutionary
spirit which can never be found elsewhere in the present world.
Last year was a quite difficult year; in the circumstances of the world
public health crisis that lasted unprecedentedly long in history, they
consistently ensured a thoroughgoing stable situation in infectious
disease prevention by stubbornly overcoming the difficulties,
maintaining the conscious unity of all the people in the effort and
regarding it as a patriotic duty devolving on them; they also rose up in
the struggle for recovering from the natural disasters and built more
than 20 000 new splendid houses in different parts of the country. This
great achievement left another proud page in our Party’s record of
In addition, our Party members and other working people from all walks
of life sent to the Party Central Committee the reports full of valuable
successes they made at many theatres of struggle across the country.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and militant greetings to all
the Party members and other people and service personnel across the
country, who firmly defended the Eighth Congress of the Party with
burning patriotic devotion and great victory by demonstrating on a
higher level the might of their firm unity around the Party in the
flames of arduous struggle for overcoming manifold difficulties.
And as I stand on this glorious podium, I would like to extend warm
greetings to the organizations of our overseas compatriots, including
the General Association of the Korean Residents in Japan, and all other
On behalf of the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, I
extend a noble tribute to all the patriotic martyrs, recollecting with
deep reverence the revolutionary comrades who devoted their precious
lives to the development of the Party, the prosperity of the country,
the happiness of the people and the future of posterity, the
unforgettable comrades-in-arms who failed to be present here.
Now we have gathered at this significant venue at a quite important and
crucial moment with a very honourable and sacred mission.
We stand at a great turning point of leading the revolutionary cause of
Juche pioneered in Mt Paektu to another fresh victory and at a decisive
moment of firmly linking the 75 years of ruling history of the glorious
Workers’ Party of Korea to its 80 years; we are here representing the
destiny, future, resourcefulness and wisdom of millions of members of
the Workers’ Party of Korea and tens of millions of the Korean people.
We are all entrusted with an important mission to make our country more
powerful and wealthy and indicate to our people a shortcut to happiness
in this world full of severe challenges and instability.
At this moment, the interest, expectations and hope of all the Party
members and other people across the country are very great and high for
this congress which will review the revolutionary work of the last five
years and decide the lines of struggle and strategic and tactical
policies for opening up a new road.
We should display the highest sense of responsibility and passion in the
work of the congress in order to live up to the great trust and
expectations of the people who have always shared their destiny with the
Party, absolutely trusted and supported the Party and defended the
Eighth Congress with unsparing, devoted efforts.
Attending this congress are 250 members of the leadership body of the
Seventh Party Central Committee and 4 750 delegates elected by
organizations at all levels throughout the Party.
Among them, 1 959 are delegates of Party and political workers, 801
delegates of state administrative and economic officials, 408 delegates
of service personnel, 44 delegates of officials of the working people’s
organizations, 333 delegates of officials in the sectors of science,
education, public health, art, literature and the mass media and 1 455
delegates of hardcore Party members involved in field labour.
Of them, women delegates number 501 and account for ten per cent.
Present at the congress are 2 000 observers.
Solemnly pledging, on behalf of all the participants in this congress,
which constitutes the eighth one in the sacred history of the Workers’
Party of Korea, that the current congress will remain thoroughly
faithful to the revolutionary ideas and cause of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il,
Fully convinced that this congress will serve as a stepping stone and a
historic milestone in making a radical leap forward in the struggle for
strengthening and developing our Party, accomplishing the socialist
cause, building up the national strength and improving the people’s
living standards, and
Hoping that all the delegates will participate in the congress with sincere, responsible and proactive attitude,
I declare the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea open.