Kim Jong Il (1942-2011), the eternal Chairman of the National Defence
Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is known to the world
as a strong-minded statesman who staunchly defended the sovereignty and dignity
of his country against the high-handedness and arbitrariness of the so-called only
superpower in the world.
However, he was not merely a strong-minded and strict leader; many people
remember him as a tender-hearted man, a man with warm humane feelings.
Here are some examples.
In July 1981 when the then director-general of the Asian Regional Institute of
the Juche Idea was returning home after his visit to the DPRK, he got ill. So he had
been carried to a hospital in another country. When he was receiving medical
treatment at the hospital, a doctor from the DPRK visited him to his great surprise.
After receiving the report about his hospitalization, Kim Jong Il had sent the
competent doctor and many tonics to him. He also ensured that he met his son from India, saying that he might be missing his son during his days in the hospital in a foreign country.
Among those who formed ties with Kim Jong Il are not only adults but children
including Jindallae (azalea in English). Her father, a Palestinian diplomat resident
in Pyongyang, had failed to father a child for a long time, but after receiving
medical treatment at the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital, his wife gave birth to a
The parents sent a letter of thanks to Kim Jong Il and asked him to name their
daughter. Happy with their event, Kim Jong Il named it Jindallae after a beautiful
flower in Korea. On her birthdays, he would send gifts to her.
One day, Jindallae sent him a letter on one of her friends, who felt downhearted
as she was going bald. Fully aware of her inner thoughts, he took detailed measures
to bring her friend to Pyongyang and give her special medical treatment. Her appearance turned to that of beautiful girl with downy hair, and bright smiles lit up on her face.
Facts tell: Chairman Kim Jong Il was a man of humane feelings with which he
approached all the people, whoever they were, with warm and genuine affection.
People’s delight is my delight and their happiness is my happiness–this was
view on happiness cherished by Kim Jong Il (1942-2011), eternal Chairman of the
National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
With the noble sense that people would be happy as much as he devoted, he
continued his super-intense on-site guidance trips for their good throughout his life.
On these trips he had to encounter biting cold and heavy snow on the high
passes, scorching heat at the farms and downpour at the construction sites.
Sometimes he would leave for another round of on-site guidance in late evening or
early morning after spending the previous day giving on-site guidance at several
If people could lead a happy life, I have nothing more to wish for–with this
thought, he did not hesitate before any rough roads or trials. All the creations across the country, including a large number of renovated factories and enterprises,
large-scale crop fields rezoned in standardized shapes, modern stockbreeding bases and fishing stations, power stations and gravitational waterways are associated with his devotion.
To save time, he would have a catnap in the running car or have balls of rice on
He once told officials:
What is life? It is one devoted for one’s country and fellow people. Our life is
nothing but one devoted for the prosperity of our country and happiness of our
Seeing the increasing people’s wealth and their happy look, he found the worth
and joy of his life. He said that whenever he saw the people getting happier day by
day, he hardened his mind to do more work for them.
In order to bring greater happiness to the people, he speeded up his field
guidance in the last days of his life.
December 4, 2011 was Sunday. Though he was unhealthy, he visited the
amusement park at the Kaeson Youth Park, which was laid out as a base for
people’s cultural and leisure activities. That day it was especially cold, but he said
that if he visited it on such a day, people would come to it on fine days to enjoy
When officials asked him to have rest, he said that it was his invariable
determination and will to devote his all for the prosperity of his country and the
good of his fellow people, adding that he would only advance forward holding the
flag towards the future when the people would live with nothing to envy in the
world. On December 15, two days before his death, he visited the Kwangbok Area
Supermarket and acquainted himself with the goods to be supplied to the people.
On December 17, he passed away on the train on his way to the people.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un mentioned in the third system of his report the important issues for independent reunification of the country and development of external relations.
The report studied the issues concerning the south in view of the prevailing situation and the changed times and clarified our Party's principled stand on the north-south relations.
As specified in the report, our nation is now standing on the crucial crossroads; whether to advance along the road of peace and reunification after breaking the serious deadlock in the north-south relations or continuously suffer the pain resulting from division in the vicious cycle of confrontation and the danger of war.
It is not exaggeration to say that the current inter-Korean relations have been brought back to the time before the publication of the Panmunjom Declaration and the dream for national reunification has become more distant.
Hostile military acts and anti-DPRK smear campaign aggravating the situation of the Korean peninsula are still going on in south Korea, dimming the future of the inter-Korean relations.
Judging that the present frozen north-south relations can not thaw by the efforts of one side nor be resolved by themselves with the passage of time, the report stressed that if one sincerely aspires after country's peace and reunification, being concerned of the destiny of the nation and the future of posterity, one should not look with folded arm on this grave situation but take proactive measures to repair and improve the present north-south relations in catastrophe.
The report clarified the principled stand on the inter-Korean relation as follows:
It is necessary to take stand and stance to solve the basic problems in the north-south relations, halt all acts hostile toward the counterpart and prudently deal with and honestly implement the north-south declarations.
The report referred to the main cause why the north-south relations which had developed on good terms in the past were frozen abruptly and brought back to confrontation.
Currently, the south Korean authorities are giving an impression that they are concerned about improvement of north-south relations by raising such inessential issues as anti-epidemic and humanitarian cooperation and individual tourism.
They are going against the implementation of the north-south agreement on guarantee of peace and military stability in the Korean peninsula in disregard of our repeated warnings that they should stop imports of latest military hardware and joint military exercises with the U.S.
Worse still, they are getting crazier about modernization of armed forces, labeling our development of various conventional weapons, which pertains entirely to the just exercise of our sovereignty, a "provocation."
If they want to find fault with it, they should first give an explanation for the chief executive's personal remarks calling for furthering the efforts for securing and developing latest military assets, saying that ballistic and cruise missiles with more correct and stronger power and longer range than the existing ones will be developed and a ballistic missile with the world's heaviest warhead was developed. They should also provide a convincing explanation for the purpose and intention in their continued introduction of cutting-edge offensive equipment.
The report seriously warned the south Korean authorities that if they continue to label our action "provocation" with a double-dealing and biased mindset, we have no other choice but to deal with them in a different way.
A new road toward improvement of the north-south relations based on firm trust and reconciliation can be paved only when the south Korean authorities strictly control and root out any abnormal anti-reunification conducts.
Whether the north-south relations can be restored and invigorated or not entirely depends on the attitude of the south Korean authorities and they will receive as much as they pay and try.
The report stressed that at the present moment there is no need to unilaterally show goodwill to the south Korean authorities as done in the past, and that we should treat them according to how they respond to our just demand and how much effort they make to fulfill the north-south agreements.
It made an analysis that whether the north-south relations may return to a new starting point of peace and prosperity in the near future as they were in spring 3 years ago, as desired by all compatriots, or not depends on the south Korean authorities' behavior.
The Supreme Leader in the report clarified the general direction and policy stand of the WPK on the overall development of external relations.
The report analyzed in depth the current international situation and the external environment of our Republic.
The major review and conclusion of our Party's external activities in the period under review are that the strategy of countering toughness in kind should be consistently adhered to against the hostile forces unwarrantedly running amuck and the big powers using high-handed practices.
After affirming this stance, the report set it as the general direction of the foreign affairs at present to extensively develop the foreign relations on a par with the strategic position of our state and thus reliably guarantee the socialist construction in political and diplomatic aspects.
Hence, it clarified the principled matters to be maintained in the field of foreign affairs.
It is needed to hold fast to the principle of independence in external activities, regarding it as the first mission of the Republic's diplomacy to defend the majesty of our Party, enhance the national prestige and champion the interests of the state.
We should wage offensive diplomacy to smash the maneuvers of the hostile forces seeking to violate our sovereignty and defend our state's rights to normal development.
We should put the focus of foreign political activities on containing and subduing the U.S., the fundamental obstacle to the development of our revolution and our foremost principal enemy.
The report stressed the need for the field of external affairs to adopt the strategy toward the U.S. in a tactical way and steadily expand the solidarity with the anti-imperialist independence forces, noting that the entity of the U.S. and the real intention of its policy toward the DPRK will never change, whoever comes into power in the U.S.
It also referred to the issue of frustrating the reactionary offensive of the enemies and exalting the position of our state by enhancing the role of the foreign propaganda sector.
It stressed the need for the field of foreign affairs to further develop the relations with socialist countries, consolidate the unity and cooperation with the revolutionary and progressive parties aspiring after independence and resolutely wage the joint struggle against imperialism worldwide so as to make the external environment of the state more favorable.
The report expressed the steadfast will of our Party to reliably defend peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and other parts of the world.
In this planet, there is no such country as the DPRK always exposed to war threat, so its people's desire for peace is very strong.
We have stored and steadily bolstered up the strongest war deterrent in order to defend ourselves and open up an era of genuine peace knowing no war forever.
Now that our national defence capabilities are in the level of preemptively containing the hostile forces' threat outside our territory, the future escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula will lead to the instability of security on the part of the forces posing threat to us.
The report solemnly clarified the stand of the WPK to approach the U.S. on the principle of answering force with toughness and good faith in kind in the future, too, stating that a key to establishing new relationship between the DPRK and the U.S. lies in the U.S. withdrawal of its hostile policy towards the DPRK.
It reaffirmed that the DPRK, as a responsible nuclear weapons state, would not misapply the nuclear weapon unless the aggressive hostile forces try to use their nuclear against the DPRK.
The report on the work of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK clarified the foreign policy stand of the WPK to strengthen friendship and solidarity with all the countries in the world respecting the sovereignty of the DPRK and realize a genuine international justice. This, therefore, provided the strategic and tactical guidelines to further increase the DPRK's international authority and influence in the new forthcoming period.
Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is a banner of struggle of the world progressive people who are advancing dynamically along the road of independence and progress, peace and prosperity. Respected Kim Jong Un said: “Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is an integral system of the idea, theory and method of Juche, and a great revolutionary ideology representative of the Juche era. Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is a revolutionary ideology of our era that was created by President Kim Il Sung, further developed by Chairman Kim Jong Il and formulated by respected Kim Jong Un. Usmana
Respected Kim Jong Un put forward the modelling the whole society on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism as the ultimate programme of the WPK in the report delivered to the Seventh Congress of the WPK on the work of the Central Committee. Respected Kim Jong Un said. “Modelling the whole society on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is the ultimate programme of our Party.” Modelling the whole society on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism is the revolutionary succession and development onto a new step of modelling the whole society on Kimilsungism which Chairman Kim Jong Il had formerly put forward and been realizing.
Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), eternal president of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, devoted his whole life to accomplishing the anti-imperialist cause for independence of mankind.
By brilliantly applying the philosophical principle of the Juche idea, which he had authored, to the national liberation struggle, he put forward the guidelines for the national liberation movement that the oppressed peoples of the world could achieve their genuine freedom and independence by their own efforts and struggle.
The Juche idea, the guiding ideology of socialist Korea and the cause of global independence, is exerting a great influence on the developing era and the shaping of the destiny of human beings beyond the limits of time and space.
This ideological and practical wealth can be called the most precious heritage Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), eternal president of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, bequeathed to the Korean people and the progressive peoples of the world.
The Juche idea, on the basis of a scientific elucidation that man is the master of the world and plays the decisive role in transforming the world, shows the way for the masses of the people, the motive force of history, to shape their own destiny by their own efforts.
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