President Kim Il Sung (1912- 1994) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea maintained close relations with many foreign figures in his lifetime.
Among them was Wilfred Burchett, an Australian writer and journalist.
In October 1975, when he met Burchett, Kim Il Sung said to him: You have devoted nearly half your life to my country; for over 20 years you have done a great deal and rendered great service to my country.
Burchett was born to a poor family in Australia in 1911.
As his family could not afford his school fee, he left school at the first grade and studied by himself, and later joined the Communist Party.
In 1936, he migrated to Europe, and while working as a tour guide, got employment in Daily Express as a journalist. He worked as a correspondent in India, Myanmar and China and, during the Second World War, he wrote on battlefields in Germany and the Pacific area.
Just after the Second World War, he travelled to Hiroshima which was ruined by a US atomic bomb, thus informing the world of the nuclear holocaust.
In the early 1950s he worked in China and other countries in the capacity of a special correspondent of the organs of the Australian and French Communist parties, and from August 1951, the period of the Korean war (1950-1953), he stayed in Korea. Covering the armistice talks, he wrote many articles that exposed the criminal aggression by the US and gave publicity to the heroic struggle of the Korean people.
The US incited the Australian authorities to try him and banish him.
In May 1967 he visited Korea for the second time.
President Kim Il Sung praised him for his activities, and gave answers to what he wanted to know.
Reflecting the impression he got in Korea, he wrote Again in Korea. The book was published in New York in 1968. The book consists of prologue and 15 subtitles such as Comrade Kim Il Sung, Juche, Chollima, Factories and Plains, National Reunification, Witnessing, and Under the Flag of the UN. In the book, he introduced the revolutionary career of President Kim Il Sung, his greatness and the imperishable exploits he had performed. Under the title Comrade Kim Il Sung, he wrote that the West was not well aware of Kim Il Sung and his family, stressing that each stage of development of Korea bore his sacred footprints. Noting that a study of Kim Il Sung and his family would give a great help to explaining the present policies and stands of the DPRK, he wrote in detail about his revolutionary family and the history of his revolutionary activities.
Under the subtitles Two Types of Liberation and Juche, he gave an in-depth explanation to the immortal exploits of President Kim Il Sung, who enforced democratic reforms for the people and founded an all-Korea state, the Democratic People í/T-Ý
s Republic of Korea, and the Juche idea, the guiding ideology of the country.
He also wrote about the Korean people who had successfully completed postwar construction and were struggling for stepping up socialist construction and implementing the lines and policies for national reunification put forward by President Kim Il Sung, under the subtitles such as Chollima, Factories and Plains, Fruitful Orchard, and National Reunification.
In the last part he exposed the brutal atrocities the imperialists committed in Korea during the Korean war, and strongly denounced the hostile forces who had unleashed a war in Vietnam and persisted in their manoeuvres for another war against the DPRK.
In September 1969, he attended an anti-US world conference of journalists held in Pyongyang, and later he met President Kim Il Sung on several occasions.