In four days time the Korean people and world progressive people will celebrate the Day of the Sun .The respect for the great leader President KIM IL SUNG from the world Juche idea followers and Songun idea followers grows deeper with each passing year and indeed each passing day .Celebrating the birth of President KIM IL SUNG is act an of practical solidarity with People's Korea because President KIM IL SUNG was the founder of People’s Korea and led the socialist revolution and construction in People’s Korea over several decades . The DPRK which today is fighting against the sanctions , upholding self-reliance , socialism and independence , is the country that President KIM IL SUNG fought for and worked hard to create .
I can remember on my first visit to the DPRK back in May 1992 , nearly 30 years ago , how a young Korean man explained why they wore the badge of President KIM IL SUNG . No one forced them to do so , there was no law telling them to wear the badge bearing the image of President KIM IL SUNG .My friend explained that he wore the badge by his own decision because without President KIM IL SUNG there would be no Korea , it would not exist . It is as simple as that .
We remember the great leader President KIM IL SUNG , on the day of his birth not only as the eternal president and fatherly leader of the Korean people but as an outstanding leader of the international communist movement and a great teacher of the world revolution and the oppressed and toiling peoples of the world.
The great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG was born into the family of a poor peasant but rose to become a great leader of the people and a world statesman of great renown. During his lifetime President KIM IL SUNG met Stalin, Mao , Zhou En Lai , Fidel Castro , Che Guevara ,Colonel Gadhafi , Ho Chi Minh and Enver Hoxha . He even met figures from the capitalist world such as Francois Mitterand of France , Bruno Kreisky of Austria , Billy Graham , ex US president Jimmy Carter and the West German writer Luise Rinser.
He not only liberated Korea from the shackles of Japanese imperialism but turned the country into a formidable power, a socialist power of Juche , which defeated the US when it tried to invade the country.
President KIM IL SUNG authored the Juche Idea , the idea that the popular masses are the masters of the revolution and construction and have the ability to promote them . He neatly defined the Juche idea as follows. “In a nutshell, the idea of Juche means that the masters of the revolution and the work of construction are the masses of the people and that they are also the motive force of the revolution and the work of construction. In other words, one is responsible for one's own destiny and one has also the capacity for hewing out one's own destiny."
Juche is expressed in day to day terms by the idea of independence and the idea of self-reliance and self-defence. All the lines and policies of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea were and are profoundly permeated with the idea of independence.
The great leader President KIM IL SUNG built a new independent Korea on the ruins of Japanese colonialism , he built a new Juche Korea which was not only free from the domination of imperialism but free from the intervention and pressure of big powers .
By putting forward the line of armed struggle in the 1930s the great leader President KIM IL SUNG created the basis of the Songun Idea and Songun politics. Today the Songun Idea is the cutting edge of the anti-imperialist struggle for independence.
The very name of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG is associated with militant anti-imperialism as he taught that there should be no compromise with imperialism and that the anti-US, anti-imperialist struggle should be intensified.President KIM IL SUNG wrote an article titled ‘ LET US INTENSIFY THE ANTI-IMPERIALIST, ANTI-US STRUGGLE’ for the inaugural issue of ‘Tricontinental ‘ magazine the Organ of the Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America in which he stated as follows ‘ It is wrong to try to avoid the struggle against imperialism under the pretext that independence and revolution are important, but that peace is still more precious. Is it not true that the line of seeking unprincipled compromise with imperialism only tends to encourage its aggressive actions and increase the danger of war? Peace secured by slavish submission is not peace. Genuine peace cannot be achieved unless a struggle is waged against those who break the peace, unless the slave’s peace is rejected and the oppressors’ rule overthrown. We are opposed to the line of compromise with imperialism. At the same time, we cannot tolerate the practice of only denouncing imperialism but, in actual fact, being afraid to fight it. This is a line of compromise in an inverted form. Both have nothing to do with a genuine anti-imperialist struggle and only help the imperialist policy of aggression and war.’
The reunification of Korea was always dear to the heart of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG who fought hard for the independent reunification of Korea . He put forward correct lines for achieving Korea's reunification as well for the south Korean revolution and liberation of south Korea.
The great leader President KIM IL SUNG was the benevolent father of the people who built a socialist state where the masses are the masters of everything. He built a socialist paradise in which there is full employment , free medical care , free education, even free housing and no taxation.
The achievements of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG are celebrated not only by the Korean people but the revolutionary and progressive peoples throughout the world. The four corners of the globe reverberate with praise for the great leader President KIM IL SUNG.
Today the legacy of the great leader, President KIM IL SUNG, is precisely the DPRK, the Juche Idea and Korean-style ,people centred socialism. This legacy is defended and carried forward by the dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN who follows the road of independence, Songun and socialism holding high the bright red banner of Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism and self-reliance. Under the leadership of respected Marshal KIM JONG , the Korean people are implementing the decisions of the historic 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea and the 2nd Plenary meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea.
We join with the world progressive people including the Juche Idea , Songun Idea followers and true friends of People's Korea throughout the whole world in saluting the 109th anniversary of the great leader President KIM IL SUNG !
Long live the memory of the great eternal leader President KIM IL SUNG !
Long live self-reliance !
Long live Juche !
Long Live People's Korea !