shining star adding glory to Korea
In February this year, the Korean people will greet the 78th anniversary of birth of Kim Jong Il, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the eternal leader of the socialist Korea, and the 8th anniversary of awarding him the title of Generalissimo of the DPRK.
February 16, 1942 is the day Kim Jong Il was born on at a secret camp on Mt. Paektu when the armed struggle was being waged by the Korean revolutionaries under the leadership of Kim Il Sung(1912-1994), eternal President of the DPRK, to liberate their country from the military occupation by Japan. The secret camp was a major base of the armed struggle.
At that time guerrillas barked the trees in the forests and inscribed on them such slogan as Heir to General Kim Il Sung was born on Mt. Paektu; O Korea and compatriots, we inform you of the Shining Star; and The Birth of the Shining Star of Paektu is the honour of Korea.
True to their expectation and desire, he became the shining star adding glory to Korea. Adding glory to Korea and carrying forward Kim Il Sung’s cause-this was his lifelong mission. Kim Jong Il assisted Kim Il Sung in his work from his early years. And while dealing with the overall work of the Workers’Party of Korea, the state and the armed forces, he performed exploits noteworthy in history. Through energetic ideological and theoretical activities, he ensured that the Juche idea and Songun idea authored by Kim Il Sung shone as the eternal guiding ideology of Korea and a great ideology guiding the era of independence.
Kim Jong Il wrote over 1 400 works in his university days, and 140 of them were written during scores-of-days camping for military training. Busy as he was guiding the affairs of the state and the people, he has conducted energetic writing of many world-famous works, including On the Juche Idea and Socialism is Science.
The international community witnessed the enthusiasm of the Korean leader through his visit to the Russian Federation from July to August in 2001 when the new millennium started. He traveled 20 000 kilometres for over 20 days from the Far East to St. Petersburg on the Baltic shore via Moscow. During his round trip he worked around the clock and met guests in the train. He visited five to six factories, enterprises and other establishments a day, always asking and listening to the answers and listening to the answers, conversing while walking, and thinking while seeing, thus making a deep impression on the people. The then Presidential plenipotentiary to the Far Eastern District of Russia expressed his admiration for his inexhaustible passion, saying that he got bone-tired after a day’s routine while accompanying the Korea leader.
The Korean people call the Workers’s Party of Korea the “motherly party.”This affectionate name of the WPK is inseparably related to its general secretary, Kim Jong Il. Kim Jong Il led the WPK to take care of the people with boundless love and devote itself to them.
Guided by his dictum “The people are my god,”he has made the benevolent politics, all-embracing politics, a main political made of the WPK and got it thoroughly embodied in all its activities.
His mode of leadership is intensively reflected in such slogans”We serve the people!”and “Let the whole Party go among the masses!”, which constitute the fundamental principle of the WPL in all its activities. All the WPK officials are making every effort to meet the requirements of the slogans, going among the people to discharge their mission as their faithful servants.
Kim Jong Il developed the WPK into the party taking responsibility for the destiny of the people upon itself and leaded them to the bright future.
He made in the most important duty of the Party officials to safeguard and exalt the people’s socio-political integrity, the most precious life of man as a social being, and to ensure everybody exercises to the maximum one’s freedom and rights as a full-fledged member of the society. And he defined the invariable policy of the WPK to be the purse people-oriented policies geared to making the people lead a happy life free from any worries about food, clothing, housing, medical treatment, education of their children and so on. Korea’s policies of free medical care and education survived the ordeals of the last 1990, when the country was going through the rigours of economic difficulties caused by the extreme blockade imposed by the imperialists and unprecedented natural disasters.
He also developed the WPK into an ever-victorious guiding a matchless revolutionary army.
In the closing years of the previous century, when the country was experiencing the worst trials owing to the extreme moves of the US-led imperialist allied forces to stifle the DPRK, Kim Jong Il firmly defended socialism by dint of the independence politics, turned the whole society into a grand, harmonious family with his policy of loving and trusting people and further strengthened the whole country into a politico-ideological power in which all the people are united with single heart. He also unfolded an ambitious blueprint for building a thriving socialist country, and laid firm foundations to the end. The most distinguished exploit he performed is that he ensured that the DPRK, which is not large in territory, entered on its own terms the club of a small number of countries that can manufacture and launch artificial earth satellite and possess nuclear weapons.
The victory the DPRK achieves one after another and its eternal prosperity is inconceivable separated from his career.
The Korean people celebrates February 16 as the Day of the Shining Star, as the greatest national holiday.
On February 14, 2012, Kim Jong Il was awarded the title of Generalissimo of the DPRK.
From his childhood, he was possessed of the view of prioritizing arms and was keenly interested in military affairs. On August 25, 1960, in the lead-up to his entering Kim Il Sung University, he visited the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Tank Division of the KPR. This signalled the start of his leadership towards the army, which reflected his will to safeguard the destiny of the country and nation and accomplish the socialist cause with the army as the main force.
Since then, holding fast to the work of the army as well as the Party as the Party as the main thing, he paid primary attention to preparing the army politically and ideologically and at the same time strengthened its military and technologically might comprehensively. He made energetic efforts to develop the defence industry so that the KPA could be perfectly equipped with modern and powerful means of attack and defence.
He devoted his all to making the climate of prioritizing military affairs prevail across society and accomplishing the tasks of arming all the people and fortifying the whole country in a more thoroughgoing way. This turned the whole country into an impregnable fortress.
What is particularly noteworthy in his leadership spanning more than 50 years is that he led to victory the US-DPRK nuclear stand-off was as fierce as a world war.
Hinged on this showdown was the destiny of socialist Korea and the world socialist movement after the end of the Cold war, and the peace and security of the DPRK, Northeast Asia and the rest of the world; it was a “war without gunshot.”
During the first nuclear crisis in early 1993, when the United States instigated the IAEA to enforce on the DPRK a “special inspection”claiming about its “suspicious nuclear development,”and during the second nuclear crisis at the turn of the new century, when the Bush administration, branding the DPRK as part of the Asia of Evil, put it on the list of targets for preemptive nuclear strike,
Kim Jong Il exerted all his efforts to increasing the national military strength so as to reliably safeguard the sovereignty of the country and stability in the region.
The reckless nuclear blackmail by the US resulted in the DPRK possessing a powerful nuclear deterrent. The days are gone forever when the US threatened the DPRK with nuclear weapon.
A century ago, Korea was forced to suffer the bitter lot of slavery as it had no proper weapon. However, today it is demonstrating far and wide the might of a world-class military power which is possessed of nuclear deterrent. This constitutes the greatest exploit he performed.
On December 17, 2011, Kim Jong Il passed away, and the title of Generalissimo of the DPRK was conferred on him on February 14, 2012 for his immortal exploits of turning his country into a world-class military power and leading to victory by dint of his brilliant leadership, unique in the political history of the world.