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THE STATE AND POLITICAL SYSTEM


1.Character, Tasks and Ultimate Goal of the State

  The DPRK is an independent socialist state representing the interests of all the Korean people.

  The Republic is the Juche-oriented socialist state which embodies the idea and leadership of President Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Republic and the father of socialist Korea. His idea and the achievements made under his leader-ship are the basic guarantee for the Republic’s prosperity.

  The socialist system of the Republic is a people-centred social system in which the working people are the masters of everything and everything in society serves them. In accordance with the nature of its socialist system, the Government of the Republic defends and protects the interests of workers, peasants and intellectuals and all other working people who have become masters of state and society, free from exploitation and oppression.

  It is the fundamental revolutionary task for the Government of the Republic to achieve the complete victory of socialism in the northern half of Korea by strengthening the people’s power and vigorously performing the three revolutions-the ideological, technological and cultural-and to reunify the country on the principle of independence, peaceful reunification and great national unity.

  Under the leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea the Republic and the Korean people uphold the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung as the eternal President of the Republic and are speeding up the historic march to carry the revolutionary cause started by him through to completion by inheriting and carrying forward his ideas and achievements.


2.State structure

  The Supreme People’s Assembly is the highest organ of power in the Republic. It exercises legislative power. It is composed of deputies elected on the principle of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot. It is elected for a term of five years.

  The National Defence Commission is the highest military leadership body of state power and the organ of the overall administration of national defence. The chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK commands and directs all the armed forces and guides national defence as a whole. The National Defence Commission proclaims a state of war and issues the mobilization order in the country.

  The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly is the highest organ of state power when the Supreme People’s Assembly is not in session. The President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly represents the state and receives the credentials and letters of recall of diplomatic representatives accredited by foreign states.

  The Cabinet is the administrative and executive body of the highest state power and organ of overall stare administration. The Premier of the Cabinet represents the Government of the DPRK. The Cabinet is accountable for its work to the Supreme People’s Assembly and to the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly when the Supreme People’s Assembly is not in session.

  The local organ of state power is the local people’s assembly. The term of office of the people’s assembly of the province (or municipality directly under central authority), city (of district)and county is four years.

  The local people’s committee is the local organ of state power when the people’s assembly at the corresponding level is not in session and the administrative and executive organ of state power at the corresponding level. It is accountable to the corresponding people’s assembly and is subordinate to the people’s cmmittees at higher levels and the Cabinet.



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