Kim Il Sung’s Historic Radio Address

The US imperialists instigated the Syngman Rhee clique of south Korea to trigger off the Korean war on June 25, Juche 39 or 1950. It was less than two years after the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea was founded.

Lecturer of the Jonsung Revolution Museum Jang Ok Byol says:

“The Korean war was a confrontation between a young country and the US imperialists who became fat and ferocious through a number of wars of aggression. At a glance, it was too unbalanced war. It was not without reason that the news agencies and radios of many countries concluded the ´clear result´ of the war, believing in the bragging of the US imperialists at that time.

But the great leader Kim Il Sung ignored the ´mightiness´ of the US imperialists. It was his confidence and will that the Koreans should teach a good lesson to the enemy who dared to force a war.”

On the day the war broke out Kim Il Sung called an emergency meeting of the Cabinet and made historic speech “Let us wipe out the invaders by a decisive counteroffensive”. The speech clearly represented the bravery of the brilliant commander.

That day, Kim Il Sung issued an order to neutralize the enemy´s invasion and wipe out the invaders with an immediate decisive counteroffensive. His order was a sentence of defeat on the US imperialist aggressors and a manifestation of the will of the Korean people to put an end to the US imperialists´ “history of victory”.

The People´s Army units formed powerful counteroffensive groups and instantly went over to a counterattack. The enemy´s daydream to invade Korea at a run with a “blitzkrieg” broke up in smoke from the beginning.

The first day of the war came to an end. Kim Il Sung who had intensely commanded the front all day long, quietly sat at the desk deep at night without having a rest. It was at the desk that until the previous day he designed the plot for factories, rural villages, streets and houses to be built and matured a plan to provide the people with a happier life. At the desk, he wrote the historic radio address that would rouse the Korean people to a just war.

Jang Ok Byol says:

“On June 26, Juche 39 or 1950, the historic radio address of great Kim Il Sung was transmitted on waves all over the world.

´Dear fellow countrymen,

Dear brothers and sisters,

Officers, non-commissioned officers and men of our People´s Army,

Guerrillas operating in the southern half of the Republic,

On behalf of the Government of the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea, I make this appeal to you:´

In the historic radio address he said the history of mankind shows that a people that defies death and rises in the struggle for freedom and independence is always victorious. He declared that victory of the Korean people is certain and the just struggle of the Korean people will triumph.”

The radio address “Go all out for victory in the war” he made that day roused the entire Korean people to victory in the war, giving them great strength and courage. It was an inspiring banner and fighting program for the Korean people and service-persons of the People´s Army who turned out in the just war. In hearty response to his radio address, more than 800,000 youth and students went out to the front and the workers conducted wartime campaign for increased production and all-people movement to transport war supplies to the front.

Kim Il Sung presented the militant slogan “Everything for victory in the war!” He led the counteroffensive operations of the People´s Army to victory and at the same time, ensured that all affairs of the Party and state in the rear were promptly reorganized into wartime system. World history of wars showed that a country facing a surprise attack of the enemy is bound to suffer a great loss with everything in confusion and is put in a disadvantageous situation for a certain period.

But in Korea, under the wise leadership of the great leader Kim Il Sung, an immediate counterattack was mounted to the enemy without a slight confusion despite the enemy´s surprise general offensives. Heroic Korean People´s Army units advanced south, smashing the enemy troops in high spirit. The day of victory came three years later. In those days the US imperialists could not imagine that theirs is not so powerful a country as others thought to be and furthermore, in the Korean war the myth about the “mightiness” of US imperialism would give way to a new myth about the mightiness of the Korean people to the surprise of the world.