Pyongyang, July 21 (KCNA) — Self-reliant defense capabilities are the best means of defending sovereignty of the country and the nation from the strong arm and arbitrariness of the imperialist aggressor forces, declares Rodong Sinmun in a signed article Friday, which reads in part:
The countries and peoples treasuring the dignity of the nation and the sovereignty of the country, small countries in particular, should direct great efforts to increasing defense capabilities.
The practical experience of the DPRK tells that the sovereignty of the country can be defended and the dignity and honor of the nation be exalted only when importance is attached to military affairs and defense capabilities are augmented.
The Korean people are proud of the fact that they have bolstered self-reliant defense capacity on the principle of giving priority to military affairs, tightening their belts in the past period. No other country but the DPRK has firmly defended socialism in face of constant high-handed military blackmail and aggressive threat by the U.S. imperialists for decades. The U.S. imperialists would have already attacked the DPRK many a time, if it had not built up colossal self-reliant defense capacity. It was entirely right for the DPRK to have boosted its self-reliant defense capabilities in every way.
No one can take issue with the DPRK over its defense building for smashing down the moves of the U.S. imperialists to unleash another Korean war and ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia as it is a legitimate exercise of the right to self-defense.
The peace-loving and progressive people worldwide should fight relentlessly to ensure world peace and security by offering a tough rebuff with military might to the reckless
military highhandedness of the imperialists.
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