DPRK marks 23rd death anniversary of President Kim II Sung
July 8, 2017 marks the 23nd anniversary of the death of Kim II Sung (1912-1994), eternal President of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. On the occasion of the day the Korean and other progressive peoples of the world are looking back upon the life of President Kim II Sung who accomplished the undying exploits for the history and humankind with his outstanding ideology and theory and revolutionary practice.
Kim II Sung was born into a poor farmer’s family in Korea. He embarked on the road of revolutionary struggle in his early teens, determined to save the destiny of the country and people. In the course of blazing the trail of the revolution he created the Juche idea and Songun idea, which he brilliantly implemented in the whole period of his revolutionary career spanning 70 years. The Juche idea and Songun idea proved their truthfulness and vitality to the full, thus becoming the great guiding ideas in realizing independence of the masses and the valuable spiritual wealth common to mankind.
President Kim Il Sung was an outstanding leader who established the social system centered on the masses of the people in the DPRK and set an example in accomplishing the cause of mankind for independence. The President performed great exploits in realizing the cause of reunifying the divided Korea. He put forward fair and reasonable proposals for the country’s reunification, such as the three principles of national reunification, the proposal for founding a Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo, and the 10point program for the great unity of the whole nation. He also wisely led the reunification movement, thus ushering in a bright prospect for the Korean reunification.
The President made great contribution to the cause of making the world independent.
By advancing the slogan, “Peoples of the world who advocate independence, unite!” he rendered sincere assistance to the national liberation and independent development of many countries of the world and energetically led that such progressive movements of the world as socialist movement and non-aligned movement should hold fast to their ideals and principles. Kim II Sung was the incarnation of benevolence. No one in the world valued people and loved them like him.
Kim II Sung was, indeed, the most outstanding leader, peerlessly great person, and great saint of mankind, representative of the 20th century. Though he passed away, his ideology and cause are being carried forward brilliantly. The Korean people preserve him in his lifetime appearance and hold him in high esteem as the eternal President of the DPRK. They keep the Juche idea and Songun idea he authored as their unchanging guiding ideas, and cherish it as their unshakeable faith and will to follow the road of independence, road of Songun and road of socialism he pioneered.
In the course of implementing the lines and proposals of independent reunification he had advanced the June 15 reunification era under the banner of By Our Nation Itself was brought about in the Korean peninsula, thus opening a radical phase in the Korean reunification movement. The DPRK, in its efforts to realize the cause of global independence clarified by him, has greatly contributed to the worldwide socialist reconstruction movement and its new upsurge, and accomplishment of the anti-imperialist independent cause of the world.
Praise and admiration for the immortal exploits of the President and his noble personality are still ringing out among many people of the world.
The April Spring Friendship Art Festival that had been held in grandeur in Pyongyang in celebration of his birth anniversary has continued even after his death. Recollection and commemorative meetings, seminars, book and photo shows and other events are held in many countries as an annual event on the occasion of his birth and death anniversaries. In April 2012 in celebration of the centenary of his birth the World Congress of the Juche Idea took place in Pyongyang with the participation of advocates of the Juche idea from many countries. Even now leaders and personages of foreign countries award the President honorary titles, orders and medals, and gifts. Immortal are the ideology and cause of President Kim Il Sung.