Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fascinated by Kim Il Sung

In July Juche 64 (1975) Yoshiko Otaka, a member of the House of Councilors of Japan, visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a member of the Japanese delegation of influential lawmakers from the Liberal Democratic Party.

When Otaka was a girl, she engaged herself in comforting the Japanese aggression army in Korea and Manchuria with the name of Ri Hyang Ran.

President Kim Il Sung met the visiting delegation for hours and arranged a dinner for it.

During the dinner, Kim Il Sung asked Otaka whether she was active as a singer in the past in the name of Ri Hyang Ran. He said he could know her name through magazine and film. And he added there should be songs and dances in human life, thus calming down her who was at a loss what to do.

Otaka was moved to tears by such broad-minded magnanimity of the President holding the present more important than the past.

As the delegation was leaving him, he shook their hands one by one, recommending them to go sightseeing in the world-famous Mt. Kumgang when they come again to the DPRK.

Otaka was so fascinated by Kim Il Sung, who gave warm hospitality to them.

When she visited Pyongyang again later, she sang "Song of General Kim Il Sung" in Korean before the President.

Kim Il Sung Enjoys Birthdays among People

 With the approach of the Day of the Sun (April 15), President Kim Il Sung's birthday, the DPRK people are sorely missing him, who spent most of his birthdays on the job to ensure the wellbeing of the people.

 It was one day in the period of the Fatherland Liberation War (June 1950-July 1953) when officials were preparing birthday food for him.

 After knowing the fact, he rebuked officials for the preparation, saying:

 Born into a poor peasant family, I have never enjoyed my birthday until now, always finding myself busy with my revolutionary activities. Enjoying birthday is not suitable to my way of life.

 Moreover, the present situation does not allow me to do it. We only have to think of how we can defeat the U.S. aggressors in the war. I will gladly enjoy my birthday after we win the war.

 Then, he asked officials to send a chicken and some eggs they brought for his birthday meal to a nearby medical post, and took boiled rice and cereals and pickles of edible herbs only.

 On April 15, Juche 43 (1954), Kim Il Sung gave field guidance to the Samjong Agricultural Cooperative in Junghwa County.

 While having talks with farmers on an edge of barley field early in the morning, he heard one of them saying there was a quality spring near a village. Immediately, he made his way to the spring. He stepped into a marshland and personally selected a site for building a fish breeding ground.

 He visited several other units that day. Upon returning from the field guidance, he said:

 I enjoyed my birthday today with pleasure. I think enjoying birthday does not mean taking good food and rest. For me, it is a rest to see everything going well in the country.

 On April 15, Juche 77 (1988), he came to his office immediately after appreciating a joint performance of foreign artistes who participated in the April Spring Friendship Art Festival.

 He called on an official to take a measure to recondition equipment of the Pukchang Thermal Power Complex. Then, he took a step to operate the Sunchon Cement Complex at full capacity, before giving instructions concerning steel and electricity output.
 Earnestly requested to take some rest that day, his birthday, he said he was willing to do more work before he became older. He then continued to deal with state affairs until late at night.

Impregnable Military Fortress

Kim Jong Il, eternal Chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission

Impregnable Military Fortress

On April 9, Juche 82 (1993), Kim Jong Il was elected the Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. His election 21 years ago provided a fundamental guarantee for the DPRK’s might as an impregnable military power.

Chairman Kim Jong Il strengthened the Korean People’s Army (KPA) into elite armed forces.

He continuously inspected the KPA units so as to develop the army, the mainstay of the self-defensive military power. His inspection trips covered the Panmunjom post on the Military Demarcation Line, which stands face to face with the enemy, a frontline post on height 1 211, and remote posts on mountains as well as the post on Cho Islet in the West Sea of Korea, to which he went braving raging storms. The trips he made were the key factor in thoroughly preparing the KPA as armed forces strong in ideology and faith, as armed forces determined to defend the country, the people and socialism unto death.

He paid deep attention to intensifying military and political training in the KPA units while improving material and cultural standards of life of the service personnel. He visited the units of all branches of arms and services one after another to guide their military and political training. In the course of this, he taught them how to crush the enemy’s attempts of preemptive strike and wipe them out at a stroke, thus training them into a-match-for a-hundred combatants. Saying that the Supreme Commander exists for the soldiers, not vice versa, he took meticulous care of their living conditions as their fathers would do. Such warm and scrupulous affection of Chairman Kim Jong Il, who regarded the soldiers as his own sons and daughters, closely rallied the entire army around him, forming an invincible ranks with single-hearted unity.

He gave fuller play to the army-people unity, a traditional trait of the Korean society. Under his leadership, the DPRK greeted an eye-opening reality of the great army-people unity that achieved oneness of ideology and work style at the highest level.

Kim Jong Il gave top priority to military affairs over all other affairs of the state, and created an atmosphere of attaching importance to it throughout society so that the whole country turned into an impregnable fortress.

He attached great significance to civil defense work in enhancing the country’s defense capabilities. To this end, he saw to it that all the people carried out military and political training in the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and the Young Red Guards with a hammer or a sickle in one hand and a rifle in the other, even in the difficult situation created in the late 20th century.

His energetic leadership in the civil defense affairs fully prepared all the people, regardless of sex and age, to turn out as one in defense of the country, and turned the country into an impregnable fortress capable of safeguarding every inch of its territorial sky, waters, and land with honor from any surprise preemptive strike and attack by modern military hardware of the enemy.

Kim Jong Il had the defense industry built up so that material and technological foundations for a self-defensive military giant were laid out.

He put forth a line of economic construction, which ensures preferential development of the defense industry and simultaneously accelerates the development of light industry and agriculture. It greatly spurred the defense industry of the DPRK as required by the times.

The defense industry of the DPRK has been enhanced to such a standard that it can manufacture military hardware powerful enough to frustrate any moves of aggression of the imperialists boasting of their military technology and to shatter their strongholds.

The heroic KPA, now led by Marshal Kim Jong Un, another brilliant commander, will win the final victory in the ongoing showdown with the U.S. and display its might as the powerful revolutionary Paektusan army.