6th of December 2016
The UK Korean Friendship Association today issued the following statement on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the passing away of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL ;
December 17th is recalled by the Korean people as a day of great national loss , and it is recalled by the world people , particulary friends of People's Korea , as a day of sadness . It was on this day some fives years ago that the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic and general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea , passed away whilst on a train giving on the spot-guidance . He had been working hard to develop the national economy of the DPRK and improve living standards of the people.
The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL was the true people’s leader. The words 'people’s leader ' and 'dear leader '(as the Korean people started to call KIM JONG IL in the early 1970s) have an especially deep meaning. In the capitalist countries of the West a leader is just a politician who sits in an office all day or talks meaningless rubbish in an assembly or parliament. Such leaders are remote from the people. However the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL was always amongst the people. When he was a student comrade KIM JONG IL worked on construction sites in Pyongyang and also in a textile machinery factory . In the capitalist societies it would be inconceivable for the son of a leader of the nation to be working at a construction site or indeed for someone who had worked in factory or at building site to become the leader of the country, in the West power is only reserved for the privileged and the plutocracy .
The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL put the living standards of the Korean people first .He said that they should make a flower bloom on the rock if it was for the people. He made long journeys to give guidance to local units , fully practising the Chongsan Ri method of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG (the Chongsan ri method is the method of work of the Workers’ Party of Korea whereby the superior always goes down to the lower units and mixes with the masses). Rain, snow or sunshine , leader KIM JONG IL gave on the spot guidance. In the period of the "Arduous March" and "forced march" which lasted from September 1994 to December 1999 comrade KIM JONG IL gave on the spot guidance 247 times covering a distance of 129,000 km . The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL dressed in a simple Parka which he kept The only parka he wore from the days of the "Arduous March" to the last days of his life is vivid evidence showing what a thorny path he had to traverse with patriotic devotion to defend his socialist country. for many years. As dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN wrote
The only parka he wore from the days of the "Arduous March" to the last days of his life is vivid evidence showing what a thorny path he had to traverse with patriotic devotion to defend his socialist country.
Indeed the whole land of the DPRK is pervaded with the lofty and profound patriotism of the great leaderchairman KIM JONG IL.
We remember the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL as he developed the Juche Idea in depth and put forward Songun politics, the treasured sword for defending the sovereignty of People’s Korea and the epitome of revolutionary anti-imperialist politics.
He was the loyal successor to the great leader President KIM IL SUNG who carried forward the Juche revolutionary cause. Chairman KIM JONG IL authored the thesis "ON THE JUCHE IDEA " and many other works which systematised the Juche Idea and explained it , thereby contributing to the worldwide struggle for independence.
The Songun (Army-first) policy based on the Songun Idea which was pioneered by the great leader President KIM IL SUNG made it possible to defend Korean-style socialism and the great gains of the Korean people as well their independent and creative lives. Songun is essentially a people-orientated policy.
It was thanks to the Songun leadership of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL, supreme commander of the Korean People's Army , that the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula was prevented. This also made a vital contribution to world peace .It was the Songun politics of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL that led to breakthrough in the struggle for national reunification opening up the June 15 era based on “By Our Nation Itself”. National reunification is the cherished wish of the entire Korean people north and south and overseas.
We in the UK Korean Friendship Association recall the exploits of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL as he was the true people’s leader and a great leader.Today dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN is following in the footsteps of the great leaders KIM IL SUNG and KIM JONG Il and devoting himself to the people.