Local Pan-Africanist and political activist, David Denny, was recently awarded one of the leading awards of North Korea, the National Award of Friendship, after spending ten days in that Far Eastern country.
Denny told Barbados TODAY that he was invited by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, having established a relationship with that country as far back as the 1980s. Dismissing reports being carried in the Western press that the North Korean government is repressive, Denny said the average working class person is very supportive of the government of Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Un.
Denny said: “ If you speak to the average North Korean, they will tell you that they feel a sense of pride now that they are considered a nuclear power. I think the North Korean people see themselves as defending their revolution. They remember the Korean War of the 1950s when the United States forces flattened North Korea. North Korea has now developed itself into a major force in the world.”
Denny said he is very supportive of the North Korean people and their struggle because they are bringing balance to the world. He feels that the North Korean people have a right to defend themselves and their nation state.
Denny also dismissed reports that while North Korea is developing nuclear weapons, many of its people are underfed. “ If you go to North Korea, you will see that the people are enjoying a very high quality of life. There is no starvation in North Korea. There are many universities, and there are many centres of amusement for children. The people benefit from very good housing stock,” Denny said.
Commenting on the possibility of a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea, Denny contended that this was unlikely because of the respect North Korea now commands through its military might.
Denny said: “ Do not be misled by the propaganda coming from the BBC and CNN and the capitalist press. The North Korean government is developing its military strength to defend its people.”
He contended that once Japan, the USA and South Korea discontinued their military exercises in the region, North Korea will stop testing its nuclear weapons.
The Korean War began in 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea.
The USA came to the aid of South Korea, while China and the Soviet Union came to the aid of North Korea.The fighting ended on July 27, 1953 when an armistice was signed between the warring parties.
The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea and allow the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed and the two Koreas are technically still at war.