The Great Leader General Kim Jong Il
February 16 is the birthday of leader Kim Jong Il.
On this occasion, the Korean people are looking back upon the whole life of Kim Jong Il who devoted himself to realize the ideas and cause of President Kim Il Sung, to bring about prosperity of the country and the happiness of the people, to achieve the reunification of the country and to accomplish the cause of global independence, with ardent yearning for him.
Born as the son of guerrillas on Mt. Paektu, the sacred mountain of the revolution, Kim Jong Il grew up into a great revolutionary in the crucible of the revolution, and led the Korean Party, army and people sagaciously for a long period of time, gaining imperishable achievements for his country and people and for the times and history.
Having embodied on the highest level possible the perfect personalities and qualities that characterize a great man, he was an outstanding thinker and theoretician, a peerless veteran statesman and a brilliant commander of the Songun-based revolution, who led the revolution and construction along the road filled with victory by dint of profound ideas and theories and unexcelled leadership, and a matchless patriot and the benevolent father of the people, who adorned the whole course of his revolutionary struggle with ardent love for and ennobling devotion to his country and fellow people.
Regarding it as his lifelong duty to inherit and accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche pioneered by President Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, as his closest comrade and most faithful comrade-in-arms, devoted his all to the struggle to realize the President’s ideas and cause.
With far-sighted wisdom and through energetic ideological and theoretical activities, he enriched and developed in an all-round way the immortal Juche idea and the Songun idea, authored by the President, to make them ideas guiding the era of independence. He also staunchly safeguarded the revolutionary traditions of Mt. Paektu and inherited and developed them in a pure way, ensuring that the lifeline of the Korean revolution would continue invariably.
He held high the banner of modelling the whole society on the Juche idea, developing the Party, army and state into the Party, army and state of President Kim Il Sung, raised the nation’s dignity and strength to the highest level and ushered in a great age of prosperity never seen in the nation’s history spanning 5 000 years.
General Kim Jong Il visits to the Dwarf Pine Post on the New Year’s Day (Jan. 1995).
A perfect incarnation of the revolutionary sense of moral obligation, he set a great example in realizing the cause of immortalizing the leader, a cause never recorded in the political history of mankind, thus ensuring that the President’s august name and his revolutionary career and exploits were enshrined in the hearts of the Korean people and mankind to shed rays forever.
In the face of the breakdown of the world socialist system, the greatest loss to the Korean nation, the vicious moves of the imperialist allied forces to suffocate the DPRK and the severe natural calamities, he administered his unique Songun politics, defending with honour the socialist gains, the valuable heritage bequeathed by the President, and turning the DPRK into an invincible political and ideological power based on single-hearted unity between the leader, the Party, the army and the people and into a nuclear state with unrivalled military strength no enemy would dare challenge.
He set the ambitious goal of building a great, prosperous and powerful country and led the general advance of all the people for attaining it, kindling the flames of a great revolutionary upsurge across the country and inspiring great innovations and leap forward on all fronts of socialist construction.
Possessed of great magnanimity, broad-mindedness and ennobling love for the nation, he provided the June 15 Joint Declaration and the October 4 Declaration, reunification programmes common to the Korean nation in the new century, thus bringing about a radical turning point for advancing the reunification-oriented movement under the ideal of By Our Nation Itself.
Upholding the banner of anti-imperialist independence, he conducted energetic external activities for the victory of the socialist cause, global peace and stability, and friendship and solidarity among peoples, remarkably enhancing the DPRK’s position and authority in the international arena and rendering immortal services to promoting the cause of independence of mankind.
Throughout the long period of his revolutionary leadership he always shared joy and sorrow with the people, treasuring and loving them, and made tireless efforts to build a thriving country and improve their standard of living, continuing high-intensity forced march of on-site guidance, before passing away on a running train owing to the excessive mental and physical exertion.
His life was the most brilliant life of a great revolutionary who pioneered a thorny, untrodden path of the revolution by displaying an iron will and superhuman energy, holding high the red banner of the revolution, and the life of a peerless patriot who devoted his all entirely to the good of his country and fellow people.
He perfectly solved the issue of succession to the leadership, the hardcore in succeeding to the revolutionary cause. This is the most valuable of the feats he performed for the destiny of the DPRK and the eternal prosperity of all generations to come.
Today, at the head of the Korean revolution is Comrade Kim Jong Un, the great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche. He is the supreme leader of the Korean Party, army and people, who fully personified the ideas, leadership, personality, virtues, grit and courage of Kim Jong Il.
Holding aloft the banner of Songun under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, the Korean people will further consolidate the position of a political and ideological power and a military power and fiercely flare up the flames of the industrial revolution in the new century and the flames of Hamnam so as to bring about a radical turn in the building of an economic giant and the improvement of the people’s standard of living, thus translating the building of a thriving socialist country, Kim Jong Il’s lifelong desire, into reality.
Source: Consulate General of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Hong Kong