Shaun Pickford

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Shaun Pickford is a leader of the UK Korean Friendship Association. From Stoke.

North Korean delegation

Dermot Hudson September 15 2018. ·

The delegation outside the Mangyondae Schoolchildrens Palace giving the clenched fist salute. I must say after my visit to the DPRK and despite the appalling incident with the suitcases , I actually feel younger and rejuvenated . Also energetic and mentally strong .

I will fight harder for the Juche idea and against capitalism , imperialism , revisionism and big power chauvinism ! May Juche spread throughout the world !

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— with Shaun Pickford and Mitchell Wells of KFA Scotland, Alex Meads, James Taylor UK KFA Communications Secretary.

DPRK Day of the Sun

The UK Korean Friendship Association (KFA) and the Juche Idea Study Group of England in central London on Saturday 2nd April 2016 to celebrate the 104th anniversary of Korean revolutionary leader Kim Il Sung and the DPRK Day of the Sun.

Dermot Hudson outlined the life of Kim Il Sung and the contributions he made to communist unity throughout the world, especially at a time when there was an ideological war between Moscow and Beijing that led to sectarian divisions and even violence between the different factions throughout communist parties across the world.

Other speeches were made by Sean Pickford, Nick Shakespeare, Alex Meads and Daniel Braggins, and there was a film shown of DPRK defence exercises.[1]

NK visit

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Three members of the UK Korean Friendship Association ) – Dermot Hudson, Shaun Pickford and David Munoz, May 2017 gave a very interesting report back from their recent visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at a well-attended meeting in north London.

Shaun Pickford spoke first, giving a detailed account of their visit to a farm and to a family home – modern and with all modern conveniences and appliances, including a computer.

All three speakers emphasised that there was no sense of alarm or panic anywhere as US President Donald Trump made threatening gestures and the western media was spreading fears of an impending nuclear war.

Dermot Hudson said that if the US or its puppet regime in occupied south Korea were ever to attack the DPRK they would be repulsed decisively with great injury to themselves.[2]

DPRK Day of the Sun

The UK Korean Friendship Association (KFA) and the Juche Idea Study Group of England in central London on Saturday 2nd April 2016 to celebrate the 104th anniversary of Korean revolutionary leader Kim Il Sung and the DPRK Day of the Sun.

Dermot Hudson outlined the life of Kim Il Sung and the contributions he made to communist unity throughout the world, especially at a time when there was an ideological war between Moscow and Beijing that led to sectarian divisions and even violence between the different factions throughout communist parties across the world.

Other speeches were made by Sean Pickford, Nick Shakespeare, Alex Meads and Daniel Braggins, and there was a film shown of DPRK defence exercises.[3]

70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers Party of Korea

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Korean solidarity activists celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers Party of Korea on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at a meeting organised by Juche Idea Study Group and the UK Korean Friendship Association (KFA). New Communist Party of Britain comrades, including general secretary [ Andy Brooks]] and Central Committee member Daphne Liddle, joined supporters of the Korean revolution in marking this important date in the Korean calendar at a hall in central London last weekend.

Keynote speakers Dermot Hudson, Shaun Pickford and Thae Yong Ho from the London embassy of the DPR Korea, outlined the fighting history of the Korean communist movement supported by others including NCP leader Andy Brooks, Alex Meads and David Munoz on different aspects of the Korean revolution.[4]

Marking the birth of Kim Jong Il

A highly successful meeting of the UK Korean Friendship Association was held March 2012 in London to mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Il. Dermot Hudson, chair of the Juche Idea Study Group, highlighted Kim Jong Il’s contribution to theory and ideology on his 1982 work On the Juche Idea, in which Kim Jong Il brought together and systematised the Juche theory, and his 1994 thesis Socialism is a Science. He stressed that Kim Jong Il’s strong leadership “averted the very real prospect of another war on the Korean Peninsula” and concluded with the words: “Kim Jong Il is immortal”.

Dr Hugh Goodacre, a lecturer at London University, described how the Juche theory first emerged in the 1950s to defend the independent nature of Korean socialism when divisions were appearing in the international communist movement. He said Juche was “a new way of looking at social history, in which the masses become the subject of history and the struggle for a new society draws on their intellectual and creative spirit”, which draws on the most advanced ideas including Darwinism and dialectical materialism.

Shaun Pickford, secretary of the Juche Idea Study Group, recalled the resistance to the Japanese occupation after 1910 and Kim Il Sung’s leading role in the armed struggle, leading to the creation of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army in 1932, which went on to liberate all of Korea in 1945. Kim Jong Il, he added, was a crack marksman and fighter pilot said to be “expert with both the gun and the pen”. A lively discussion followed, looking particularly at the role of the leader in the Korean revolution and the Worker’s Party of Korea.[5]

Juche Idea Study Group

In 2010 Shaun Pickford was the secretary of the Juche Idea Study Group.[6]

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