North Korea citizen lectures emphasize ‘protection of the motherland’
A lecture delivered by the North Korean authorities to Korean Workers’ Party (WPK) members and workers placed emphasis on the duty of North Korean citizens and the protection of the motherland. The lecture was conducted after the inter-Korean summit was agreed to be held in Pyongyang in mid-September, suggesting that it was aimed at preventing ideological drift and raising solidarity toward the regime.
“A lecture was conducted for Party members and workers in late August that emphasized that residents of the Republic [the DPRK] must fulfill their duties,” a North Korean source told Daily NK on September 17. “The emphasis of the lecture was on clearly understanding the main points of the ‘rojak’ and realizing those main points in the course of work and life.”
Rojak refers to books on traditional ideology and theory created by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. The lecture noted a statement made by Kim Jong Il in 2002 to high-level officials in the WPK’s Central Committee: “Let’s ensure the Republic’s citizens have a self-awareness about themselves as citizens and perform their duties.”
The lecture materials, which were obtained by Daily NK, state that Party members and workers have “holy duties” as citizens and that citizens must actively protect the motherland in order to fulfill their duties as citizens. ......