Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung
Entering the modern times, Korea with 5,000-year-long history and brilliant culture gradually weakened in national power owing to the policy of flunkeyism and dependence on outside forces of the feudal Joson dynasty and was reduced to a theatre of competition for the powers. Finally it was placed under the Japanese military occupation since 1905.
It was none other than the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung who saved the Korean nation from the miserable fate of a ruined nation.
He was born in Mangyongdae, Pyongyang on April 15, Juche 1(1912) and embarked on the road of revolutionary struggle for Korea’s liberation in his teens. In the course of groping for the road of the Korean revolution, he authored the Juche idea and the Songun idea(army-first idea) and commanded the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle for two decades under its banner, finally achieving the historic cause of Korea’s liberation on August 15 Juche 34(1945).
After his triumphal return to the liberated homeland, he founded the Workers’ Party of Korea without delay, carried out the democratic reforms, including the land reform, nationalization of key industrial establishments and enforcement of the Law on Gender Equality, and founded a regular armed force. Based on these achievements, he founded the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the first people’s democratic state in the East, on September 9, Juche 37(1948).
He creditably safeguarded the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK in the Korean War(1950-1953) provoked by the US in an attempt to stifle the two-year-old Republic in its cradle. He carried out the postwar rehabilitation and the socialist revolution in a short period and led the socialist construction of several stages to victory, thus turning the DPRK into a socialist power, independent in politics, self-sufficient in the economy and self-reliant in defence.
He regarded “The People Are My God” as his lifetime motto and his benevolent politics got a people-centred socialist system deeply rooted in the DPRK.
He advanced the fundamental principles and ways for Korea’s reunification, including the Three Principles of National Reunification, the Ten-Point Programme of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation and the Proposal on Founding the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo, and devoted his all for the national reunification cause until the last day of his life.
He defined independence, peace and friendship as the basic ideal of the DPRK’s foreign policy and enhanced its international prestige through his energetic external activities. Working as head of state and veteran of world politics for nearly half a century, he made immortal contributions to developing and strengthening the socialist and non-aligned movements.
It is not fortuitous that former US President Jimmy Carter said that President Kim Il Sung was greater than the three American Presidents who had represented the nation-building and destiny of the United States-George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln-put together.
The DPRK conferred the title of Generalissimo on him on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of his birth. Though he passed away on July 8, Juche 83(1994), he is always alive in the hearts of the Korean people and the world progressives as the founding father of socialist Korea, pioneer of the cause of independence of humankind, eternal President of the DPRK and the Sun of Juche.