Brilliant Leadership

  • True to Lofty Intention
    • It was one day in January, Juche 101(2012), when the whole country was on the new year’s march for the implementation of the lifetime instructions of Chairman Kim Jong Il.

      The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un called an official to give some instructions on the opening ceremony of Kwangbok Area Supermarket. Noting that the large-scale supermarket would attract a large number of customers and it was located far from the city center, he stressed the need to provide conditions for shoppers to have various kinds of snacks and meals there.

      Even though he was extremely busy looking after the state affairs when the country had just set on an advance of the year after the sudden demise of the Chairman, his primary concern was directed to the supermarket associated with the Chairman's immortal exploits.

      That day, he gave precious teachings on conducting well the commerce service activities as wished by the Chairman.

      Under the great concern and care of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un to provide our people with wonderful living conditions true to the lifetime intention of the Chairman, Kwangbok Area Supermarket served as a commercial resort for the people from the very first day of its opening.

    With a Single Mind and Will
    • On January 4, Juche 106(2017), the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un inspected the newly-built Pyongyang Bag Factory.

      Receiving the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un at the very beginning of the new year, the factory was full of great excitement and joy.

      Telling the greeting officials that he was on his way there picturing our children laughing boisterously from and to school with our stylish school knapsacks on their backs, he said that it is very encouraging visualizing them growing vigorously and lively full of pride and self-esteem in our own things.

      Then, he added that he visited Pyongyang Bag Factory on his first field guidance, which meant his new year’s march started from the work for our children.

      The officials were really impressed.

      That day, he earnestly asked the officials and workers of the factory to work well with a single mind and will with the Party Central Committee to make fine quality bags for our children, bearing deep in mind the pride in working at the factory to which the Party attaches importance.

    Fur Cap Stuff Delivered as a Souvenir
    • At the beginning of January, Juche 63(1974), Chairman Kim Jong Il visited a farm in Unchon County.

      While having a talking with the farmers, the Chairman happened to gaze at the appearance of the farmer whom he met a year before. The Chairman was worried that he had neither an overcoat nor a winter cap on.

      The Chairman asked him why not. He replied that he had left his overcoat because he was on his way to a meeting, and that he was so full of youthful vigour that he had never had a winter cap yet.

      Staring at the farmer for a while, the Chairman called an accompanying official and gave him some instructions. After some time, the official returned with stuff for a fur cap.

      The Chairman gave it to the farmer, telling him to make a winter cap for himself. The farmer was so confused and grateful that he was at a loss what to do with himself. The Chairman persuaded him to accept it as a souvenir of meeting twice in the country, saying that only then he would be pleased.

      The farmer was so choked with emotions that hot tears were running down silently from his eyes.

      The Chairman was such a benevolent person.

    Giving Prominence to Our University as Pioneer of IT Industrial Revolution
    • It is 17 years all too soon since Chairman Kim Jong Il visited the up-to-date e-library and indoor stadium newly built at Kim Chaek University of Technology on January 4, Juche 95(2006).

      That day, the Chairman spent quite a long time looking around several rooms of the newly-built e-library including the e-reading rooms, server room and lecture rooms for on-line education. He was greatly satisfied with it, saying that it was a monumental edifice which deserved boasting of in the new century.

      Stressing the need to train a large number of useful sci-tech talents who are possessed of up-to-date science and technology and can play a large part in building a powerful socialist country, the Chairman reposed great trust in Kim Chaek University of Technology by calling it the pedigree for training scientific and technical talents and the pioneer of the IT industrial revolution.

      He said that sci-tech talents necessary for the IT industrial revolution including researchers and designers as well as managers and chief engineers of factories and enterprises, were being trained in this university, adding that he visited this university first early in January, now that its position and role in building a powerful socialist country is very important and he wanted to underline the need to train more useful sci-tech talents.

      Pioneers of the IT industrial revolution!

      Having received the instructions of the Chairman, all the teaching staff and students could hardly repress their surging emotion and the whole university was overflowing with a passion for repayment.

    Another Brilliant Victory ― Great Victory in the Anti-epidemic War
    • It is not easy to prevent the inroads of the malignant virus, which has been threatening the existence of the mankind throughout the world.

      No country in the world has successfully exterminated the novel coronavirus that made inroads into their territories even after three years since the outbreak of the malignant epidemic crisis. This fact clearly shows how severe the war against the malignant virus is.

      Our country prevented the inroads of the malignant virus for two years and three months to hit a new record in the history of the world anti-epidemic work despite the global health crisis, and curbed in such a short period the violent spread of the virus prevalent in the country, thus restoring stability in the anti-epidemic work and making the whole country a clean, virus-free zone. This is a miracle noteworthy in the world's healthcare history.

      The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un convened the 8th Political Bureau meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in May, Juche 111(2022), when the malignant virus made inroads into our country, and put forward appropriate and detailed anti-epidemic guidelines to switch over from the state epidemic prevention system to the maximum emergency epidemic prevention system, to stably contain and control the spread of COVID-19 by pushing forward in parallel the efforts for blockade and stamping out, and to quickly cure the infections in order to eradicate the source of the virus spread at an early date.

      The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un provided a decisive guarantee for minimizing the damage by the virus by adopting strong state measures of producing and supplying medicines and timely steps to conduct medical treatment on a full scale.

      Acquainting himself with the supply of medicines, especially the fact that inhabitants had problems with treatment because medicines were not supplied according to demand to the pharmacies in the capital city even after the state measures to urgently release and supply reserve medicines were taken according to the decision of the 8th Political Bureau meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the WPK, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un issued a special order of the WPK Central Military Commission on immediately stabilizing the supply of medicines in Pyongyang City by involving the powerful forces of the military medical field of the People's Army in the consultative meeting of Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK held on May 15, and took every measure to improve the supply of medicines in later major Party meetings.

      The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un aroused the entire Party, the whole country and all the people to the campaign to reverse the anti-epidemic situation, thus making the campaign an all-people resistance. He also took revolutionary measures to establish the work system of the Party and state in emergency, which provided decisive conditions for hastening the victory in the anti-epidemic campaign.

      With a death-defying will to defend without fail our people, part of his flesh and blood, at the cost of his life, he was on the forefront of the campaign.

      In the consultative meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK convened on May 14, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un noted that it was high time for our Party Central Committee to prove its leading role once again before the difficulties of history, saying that it was urgent for us to more deeply realize for what we are needed and for whom we fight at the cost of our lives and that our Party would bravely discharge its important responsibility and duty and take full responsibility for the security and wellbeing of the country and people by displaying boundless loyalty and devotion, and expressed his determination and will to win a great victory in the epidemic prevention campaign without fail.

      On May 15, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un visited Mannyon Pharmacy and Jangsaeng Pharmacy in Taedonggang District, Pyongyang City, to acquaint himself with the supply of medicines in the capital city.

      Even though the pharmacies were extremely dangerous places as they were visited by a great number of fevered persons every day and the saleswomen had just recovered from the epidemic, he unhesitatingly entered them to learn in detail about the administration and to give precious teachings on the supply and sales of medicines.

      The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un rescued our people from the threat of the virulent disease with warm love and affection.

      Saying in the consultative meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK held on May 14, Juche 111(2022) that he was donating reserve medicines prepared by his family to the Party committee of the office building with an earnest prayer that peace and laugh would settle again in all families across the country at an early date, he suggested to the Party committee sending the medicines to families in difficulty. A month later, on June 15, he sent medicines prepared by his family to the Haeju City Committee, South Hwanghae Province, of the Workers' Party of Korea as regards the outbreak of an acute enteric epidemic in Haeju City of South Hwanghae Province.

      His passionate love and affection for the people was the main source of making the whole country overflow with the communist virtues and beautiful traits and further stoking up the spirit of all-people resistance and all-people involvement.

      Thanks to the love for the people of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, who relieves our people of all sorts of pains with warm love and affection, our country could achieve a victory in the anti-epidemic war at last by dint of the collectivist spirit of one for all and all for one and the tenderness and human feeling of sharing sorrow and caring for one another more, the harder the times are.

    2022, Year of Victory of Virtues and Beautiful Traits
    • This year, virtues and traits unique to our society were given fuller display than ever before. 2022 is the year embroidered with virtues and beautiful traits of valuing, taking care of and helping one another.

      Since its founding, our state has successfully coped with all kinds of hardships, but it is the very first time to face such a dangerous situation where tens of millions of lives were directly threatened by the inroads of the malignant virus and the rhythm of normal work and life were destroyed.

      At the beginning of the activation of the maximum emergency anti-epidemic system, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un said that the virtues and feelings of helping and taking care of each other which prevails our society in any difficulties are the key to and guarantee for the great victory in the epidemic prevention campaign which is more powerful than any latest medical technologies, calling upon all the Party organizations to scrupulously conduct the organizational and political work so that our best communist virtue and beautiful traits, which no one on earth can possess or imitate, are given fuller display in the present difficult and rigorous epidemic prevention campaign.

      The victory in the anti-epidemic campaign we achieved this year is never a fruition of our conditions and foundations better than others. The tenderness and human feelings such as the beautiful deeds of the employees and officials of some factories who worked day and night to provide medicines and foodstuffs to those suffering from the malignant epidemic, the people who unsparingly spent their family property to prepare goods necessary for those in hostels, students' dormitories, orphanages and baby homes, and those who selflessly shared food grains, subsidiary foodstuffs and daily necessities with the needy families and neighbours were elixirs of life. Thinking of comrades, neighbours and the collective before oneself and devoting one's all for them despite one's own hunger – even unthinkable without this world of beautiful virtues and traits is a miraculous victory to be specially recorded in the world health history.

      At this time, too, many countries suffer from the inroads and spread of the malignant virus. The reality clearly demonstrates the superiority and might of our state where the whole country moves as one united in one mind and one will behind the Party and government and tenderness and human feeling based on collectivism are a national trait.

      This year our people gave a fuller play to virtues and traits of dedicating their all unsparingly to the sake of the society and the collective.

      The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un settled the production and supply of school uniforms and things at the state’s expense as a consistent policy of the Party and state, saying that he would be relieved of a great anxiety when all our students wear new uniforms. Impressed by his love for the younger generation, the officials and working people in many institutions and units, and inhabitants took an active part in the support to the production units of school uniforms and bags.

      This year, beautiful deeds of respecting and supporting war veterans and honoured disabled ex-soldiers as precious revolutionary forerunners and comrades were more fully displayed, too. Along with the increase in beautiful deeds of taking care of them with all sincerity like their own sons and daughters, the spirit of defending the country of the 1950s is being passed down to the younger generations and the war veterans keep the flower of the revolution in bloom.

      This year has proved once again that the virtues and traits of our society that come in fuller bloom in manifold trials and hardships rather than being destroyed or perished are the eternal life-giving water of the large socialist family and the immortal true picture of Juche Korea that no one can create or imitate.

    Spring Water the Chairman Tasted in Person
    • One day in January, Juche 100(2011), Chairman Kim Jong Il paid a visit to the Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory situated at the foot of picturesque Mt. Ryongak.

      Looking attentively at the analysis table with the officials’ explanations, the Chairman was very satisfied with the fact that Ryongaksan spring water has the right amount of selenium and fluorine beneficial to health, whereas other world-famous do not. Presently, the Chairman looked around the production line. He tasted in person the spring water produced there to estimate the quality.

      The officials were deeply moved.

      They experienced once again his passionate love for the people when the Chairman even bothered to taste water for promoting the people’s health in the teeth of the intense cold.

      After a while, the Chairman appreciated the taste of the water, highly praising the scientists and the officials and workers of the factory for discovering the sources of a large quantity of water of a high quality in the place which had been called Wollo-ri (literally meaning many macrobians thanks to its quality water from olden times), and for setting up the modern factory to supply the citizens of the capital with processed spring water.

    On the First Sunday in December
    • On the first Sunday in December when the year Juche 100(2011) was coming to an end, Chairman Kim Jong Il inspected the Amusement Park of Kaeson Youth Park built for cultural recreation of the people.

      Going round the different places of the amusement park built in line with a modern taste, he learnt in detail about the management and operation. Then, he told the accompanying officials to try the machines in order to check on the operation.

      When they were thrilled that the rotary machines going sharply up and down swept their fatigue away, the Chairman carried a broad smile on his face as if he was hearing the happy laughter of the people. That day, he gave precious instructions on the issues of supplying the service facilities in the amusement park with enough raw materials for their effective operation and of scrupulously managing and operating the amusement park so that people would enjoy themselves without feeling any slight inconvenience.

    Ultimate People-oriented Constitution
    • The socialist constitution of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the ultimate people-oriented one for workers, farmers, soldiers and intellectuals.

      One day in March, Juche 62(1973), a leading official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received a phone call from President Kim Il Sung.

      Talking about offering our socialist constitution to other countries for reference, the President acknowledged that the socialist constitution was well-established. Then, the President informed him that it was being studied even at a university in a capitalist country.

      The following fact shows what great sensations our socialist constitution caused throughout the world.

      In a forum on our socialist constitution that was held at the proposition of the personages of the political parties and women organizations in a hostile country, a lady figure was unsparing in her praise. She said, “The socialist constitution of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is very specific in the description of every detail, and unlike those of other countries, it enables the working masses to take part in the socialist construction with attitude of masters. In every chapter and every article of this superior constitution are fully embodied the Juche philosophy of President Kim Il Sung, who clarified that man is the master of everything.”

      However, nobody in the world including her is aware of the emotional story that our President gave detailed instructions even on a single provision and a single expression of the draft constitution of over 100 provisions to make it people-oriented.

    Shoelace and Mental “Lace”
    • One day after liberation, the anti-Japanese war heroine Kim Jong Suk met a guardsman.

      When he primped himself and paid a courteous salute, she acknowledged it, telling him in an affectionate voice that his shoelace was undone.

      Only then, he came to realize that the lace on one of his shoes was left untied.

      When he lowered his head to tie it up with a deep blush, she warned him that shoes are like wings for a soldier, and that as a bird without wings cannot fly, so a soldier with shoes on against the rules can neither fulfill the guard duty nor perfect the appearance of a soldier of a regular army.

      Then, she stressed that he should regard it as a matter of the loose mental “lace” of a guardsman, not a mere matter of an untied shoelace, and that he should be alert in his military service at all times and in all places.

      Blaming himself, who failed to obey military regulations with a moment of slackness, he made a firm resolution to be an example of obeying the regulations and a genuine guardsman who would never allow even a moment of relaxation of his mental grip.

    Warm Blessing
    • One day several years ago, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un inspected an army unit that won the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment.

      Organized according to the far-sighted wisdom and operational plan of President Kim Il Sung, the unit was associated with the immortal leadership exploits of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, who appointed its location on the spot.

      The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un inspected the monument to field guidance erected for retelling through generations the immortal leadership exploits of the Chairman, and other places of the unit.

      He instructed that the commanding officers and combatants should make achievements in their combat and political training with great pride in serving in the army at the honored post in order to add glory to the leadership exploits of the President and the Chairman, and that they should train the combatants to be strong in ideology and faith who keep to the revolutionary faith even on the scaffold by intensifying the education for fully preparing them politically and ideologically as well as physically and militarily and technologically. Looking at the photographs of the heroes produced by the unit one by one, he was satisfied that it had produced so many heroes of the Republic.

      As if he was looking back upon the heroic soldiers who had sacrificed their lives for the Party and the leader, the country and the people, he gazed at them for a long time.

      Then, stressing that they should never nullify the blood shed by the heroic soldiers, he, with great trust, wished all the combatants to become heroes in making a breakthrough in a great war for national reunification true to the soul of the heroic soldiers.

    Mother Living an Eternal Life along with Watermill in Changbai
    • Ryom Po Bae was one of the women to whom President Kim Il Sung showed every sort of affection and benevolence calling them “mother”.

      Ever since he was acquainted with her for the first time in September, Juche 25(1936), she and her whole family stayed deep in the heart of the President along with the echo of the watermill in Changbai.

      As the Korean Peoples’ Revolutionary Army moved their field of action from Xijiandao to the shore of the Tuman River, it was impossible for the President to meet her and her family again, but nothing could ever break the relationship.

      Giving a field-guidance to Ryanggang Province in early May, Juche 47(1958), the President managed to have an emotional meeting with Ryom Po Bae, who he had been eager to see.

      This is how the tie between the President and Ryom Po Bae’s family was reformed after 20 years.

      Saying that he would care for her like his own mother, the President bestowed each and every kind of warm love on her.

      On holidays he invited her round to his residence for lunch and enjoyed films together, and on her 70th birthday he sent a birthday spread in case that she might not afford to celebrate it. In addition, he saw to it that she moved house near the hospital for fear that anything unpleasant might happen to her aged body anytime.

      Under the warm care of the President, Ryom Po Bae was able to lead a happy life to be over 90.

    Fathoming Mothers’ Feelings
    • It was a September 9 when the whole country was buzzing with holiday atmosphere.

      Even that day, Chairman Kim Jong Il was on the way of devotion for the country and the people when he met with a general of the Korean People’s Army.

      Still remembering that his home village was nearby, the Chairman asked if he had his parents or relatives in the home village.

      Quite pleased to hear that his mother was there, he continued to ask why he did not live with his own mother.

      He replied that his mother had made up her mind to do farming in her habitat until the last day of her life to repay for the benevolence of the President bearing in her mind the honour of meeting the President at the polling station in her home village after the war.

      The Chairman felt from her the loyalty of all mothers in the country.

      The Chairman told him:

      You should drop by at your mother’s in the home place as often as possible; mothers stay worried about their offspring even after they grow old enough to have grey hair; they wait for them all the time in the bottom of their hearts even if they tell them to think only about their work but not to waste time bothering to visit them; mothers are worried all their lives; so you should make a trip to visit your mother.

      The general was indeed impressed with the instruction of the Chairman, who fathomed even mothers’ feelings.

    Dear Home for Learning to Heart’s Content
    • One day in June, Juche 103(2014), the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un visited Ssuk Islet with an ambitious plan to have a great temple for making all people well-versed in science and technology built on the highest level.

      That day he gave a name Sci-tech Complex to the service base of science and technology, a comprehensive e-library where any kinds of information in all fields would be available, and he clarified all the issues arising in its design and construction.

      Then he stressed that the Sci-tech Complex should be built magnificently as a building fully embodied in our Party’s idea of attaching importance to science and technology and as a dear home for all the people to acquire knowledge in to their heart’s content.

      Under his great guidance, the Sci-tech Complex was built in an excellent way as a great temple of learning for all the people where the scientific and technological civilizations of the mankind are comprehensively digitized and as a large-scale data storage house with a huge capacity which provides with a constant supply of up-to-date sci-tech knowledge. It still tells the whole world the noble outlook on the people and the country of a peerlessly great man.

    To Put Study and Production of Vegetables on Scientific Basis
    • It was an early morning in September, Juche 101(2012).

      According to nobody’s expectation, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un visited the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute silently.

      He made a round of different places of the institute saying that it was a modern and comprehensive base for research on and production of vegetables established by the noble intention of Chairman Kim Jong Il, who was so concerned about providing our people with a bountiful diet.

      Noting that since it was the age of science and technology, they should proactively introduce cutting-edge technology to increase the output of vegetables, he gave precious teachings on putting vegetable growing on a scientific basis.

      When he looked at the vegetables under trial, he was pleased with the fact that science and technology were in close combination with production. He added that they should show it to our people to let them aware of how putting the study and production of vegetables on a scientific basis was guaranteed.

      Indeed, the lofty intention of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, who is always thinking about bringing more happiness to his beloved people as early as possible, was being inscribed on the moments of strong emotion.

    Every Party is Equal
    • It was one day in June, Juche 64(1975).

      President Kim Il Sung paid an official goodwill visit to then Yugoslavia and met its leader, Josip Broz Tito, who envied our country saying that it pushed on to the front as it wanted to without seeking any foreign approval.

      And he imparted his agony of his mind to the President, saying that they had been suffering from some kinds of pressures and criticisms on the way of building self-governing socialism against hegemony.

      The President advised him that every party should arm their party members with their own ideas and policies without following others blindly and that when a man turned to flunkeyism, he would become an idiot, when a nation took to flunkeyism, it would fall into ruin, and when a party followed flunkeyism, it would make a mess of revolution and construction.

      The President added with emphasis that every party in the world is equal and they cannot be master parties nor servant parties.

    Fundamental Principle of Workers’ Party of Korea
    • It was when Chairman Kim Jong Il started work at the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

      Seated together with some officials, the Chairman taught that in order to develop our Party into the party of Comrade Kim Il Sung for ever, it was necessary to identify correctly the main task in the Party work and activities, and that it was to thoroughly establish the ideological system of President Kim Il Sung in the entire Party.

      He continued that it is a fundamental principle of the building of our Party and its activities to establish the ideological system of the President throughout the party, and that it is the most important one to permanently hold fast to in the whole course of its activities as long as our Party exists. He stressed, in an earnest tone, that all of our Party work and activities should be focused on establishing the ideological system of the President, holding him up in higher esteem, and thoroughly implementing his instructions.

    Earnest Instruction
    • One day in July, Juche 101(2012), the sultriest in the period of summer heat, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un visited the building site of Ryugyong Health Complex. Making a round of different places of the construction site one after another, he showed close concern for any slight shortcoming in the service for people.

      Noting that some parts still needed small touches, he said that they should work well until the day of its completion keeping in mind that they should never be satisfied with work for people.

      Then, he moved his steps to the People’s Open-Air Ice Rink.

      Leaving the traces of devotion for the people in the sweltering weather, he pointed out that more importance should be attached to the content than to the style as Ryugyong Health Complex and the People’s Open-Air Ice Rink were presents to the people from our Party.

      He earnestly asked them not to make haste for completion but to build them to be impeccable even in the distant future by exacting higher demand.

      When the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un was finally leaving in the dark late at night, the officials were moved to tears, looking up to him.

    Devotion after Devotion
    • One day in August, Juche 102(2013), the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un made another visit, amid the summer heat, to the building site of the Mirim Riding Club.

      Noting that the construction of Mirim Riding Club was of great significance in glorifying the leadership exploits of Chairman Kim Jong Il and providing our people with a more civilized life, he gave detailed instructions on completing it on a world level. His instructions covered many aspects ― building well the room for preservation of revolutionary relics conveying the leadership feats of Chairman Kim Jong Il associated with the Mirim Riding Club generation after generation, finishing the outer walls of the buildings under construction in a unique way with natural materials as designed to look like real log buildings, leveling evenly the tracks of earth and sand for convenient riding, thickly covering the indoor riding ground with sawdust, building more circular riding grounds, etc.

      As time passed, the officials could not help fixing their eyes more and more on his shirt that was getting soaked in the midsummer heat.

      With his firm pledge to work harder, one of the officials, reflecting the desire of all people across the country, wished the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un good health.

      Saying that he should do everything for people however sultry the weather was, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un embarked on another on-site guidance tour.

    Unforgettable Consultative Meeting
    • One day in January several decades ago, President Kim Il Sung had a consultative meeting with the officials in the design sector in Pyongyang City.

      Pointing out that the issue of dwelling houses for people was not satisfactorily settled, he said in a heart-rending tone that hundreds of letters a day were being sent to the Party Central Committee, most of which were from the people wishing to have their own homes.

      The officials could not lift up their heads filled with remorse as they regarded housing shortage as inevitable in the difficult postwar conditions and they thought people would understand the current situations.

      The President spent hours with the officials clarifying the ways he had personally found out to provide our people with bases for happy life as soon as possible during his tireless field guidance tours even late at nights and at early dawns.

      It was indeed an unforgettable consultative meeting that implanted in the hearts of the officials in the design sector a valuable philosophy that our construction should be the one entirely for people.

    Comrade Acquisition
    • It was at the Hwasong Uisuk School in 1926.

      One day there was a football match. Towards the end of the game, comrade Ri, who was playing the most active part as a forward of the Hwasonguisuk Team, collided with a player from the other team and hurt his leg.

      When everybody was watching him with a concerned look, President Kim Il Sung rushed towards him, promptly took him on his back and started running to the doctor’s. Since then, the President showed all his sincerity to cure him completely.

      Some days later, Ri was completely recovered thanks to the utmost sincerity and care of the President. Grasping the hands of the President, Ri said in a choked voice that he felt parental affection from him for the first time in his life.

      Feeling glad about the immediate recovery of his classmate, the President said that comrades are those who share ideology and destiny helping and leading one another on the road of revolution and remain true to their comradeship forever to struggle together. Let us be permanent comrades for the great cause of national independence sharing ideology and helping and leading each other, he added. Moved to tears at his words, Ri tightened his grip on the hands of the President.

      With the step he took at the Hwasong Uisuk School as a starting point, the President vigorously carried on obtaining comrades.

    Reflecting People’s Desire
    • It was one day in September the year after the national liberation.

      Seated together with some composers and writers, President Kim Il Sung informed them of the fact that now our people finally came to lead free and happy lives in the liberated country, they desired to sing of their joy and gratitude at the top of their voices and that it was natural for the people, who started to create new lives under the leadership of our Party, to call for their own national song.

      Looking at the writers and composers, who were in great excitement, the President called on them to write a national song as soon as possible.

      Later, when our national anthem “Patriotic Song” was completed, the President attended the deliberation meeting in person. After a careful listening to the song, the President said that it would be better to repeat the last few lines from “our people ever were renowned and sage, and rich in cultural heritage”, and that it is inadequate to sing that part just once as ours is a country that has a time-honoured history and is rich in cultural heritage. He continued that repeating the melodious last part once again would make the song sound more effective, harmonious and solemn, and make our people filled with a great national pride and dignity at the time of singing it.

      Indeed, our “Patriotic Song” is a valuable fruition of the outstanding guidance and the noble love for the country of President Kim Il Sung.

    With Lofty Mission
    • One day Chairman Kim Jong Il made a meaningful remark on the national anthem “Patriotic Song”.

      He said that ours is, as in “Patriotic Song”, a country full of valuable treasures, that our nation is a resourceful one with a time-honoured history and rich cultural heritage, and that our country has a lot worth boasting of internationally. He added in an earnest tone that it is we who have to carry on the Korean revolution so as to build a socialism and communism on this land.

      Bearing such a lofty sense of mission in his mind, the Chairman showed solemn respect to “Patriotic Song” and devoted all his life singing it deep in his mind for the sake of the country and the people.

    A Plane Flies in the Night Sky
    • One day, three miners who were working for increased production in a coal mine in the northern part of our country had an unexpected accident, which left them with severe burns. They were in a critical state.

      An official at the national level summoned some officials at the Provincial Party Committee and the mine immediately to make sure that treatment measures should be taken. However, he failed to make an immediate report to Chairman Kim Jong Il, fearing that the Chairman would worry about the miners in peril of their lives. When the Chairman learnt about this, he summoned the official and asked in a stern voice why he made no report on the fact.

      After a while, the Chairman said that an emergency measure should be taken to save the injured miners, adding in an impressive way that they should be saved and fully recovered under any circumstances so that they could continue their work at their post.

      Naming the doctors he was familiar with one by one, the Chairman said that it was important to send a medical team and medicines to the faraway injured miners in the shortest time and that it was necessary to fly a plane despite being late at night. Then he took necessary measures to mobilize a military plane.

      That is how a plane flew in the night sky as a moving scene to save a few coal miners.

    Holding up KUT as Pioneer of IT Industry Revolution
    • On September 19, Juche 90(2001), Chairman Kim Jong Il visited our university and gave instructions on training more and better sci-tech talents who would shoulder the building of a powerful socialist country in accordance with its mission and duty.

      He also clarified in detail all the issues of improving the education of the university ranging from preparing teaching programs and plans and modernizing the content of scientific and technological education to raising the proportion of application of IT and computers in technological subjects.

      In addition, he took benevolent measures for building an e-library and a multifunctional gymnasium at the university and for providing with all necessary experimental equipment for scientific research and education, books and vehicles.

      Some years after that, the Chairman made another visit to our university.

      Highly appreciating our university, which was making a great contribution to the development of science and technology of the country and to the building of an economic power, he warmly said that Kim Chaek University of Technology is a pedigree for training sci-tech talents and a pioneer of an IT industry revolution in our country.

    Blessings of Love
    • The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un visited Kim Chaek University of Technology at the end of September, Juche 107(2018), when it was celebrating its 70th birthday.

      Noting that the university had made great contributions to the country’s scientific and technological education and independent development of the national economy, he said he was pleased to personally meet and congratulate the teachers and researchers of the glorious university on its 70th birthday. He extended congratulations on behalf of the Party and government to all the teachers and researchers who had devoted themselves to the education and scientific research for the prosperity and future of the socialist country.

      Encouraging them to make proud achievements in scientific and technological research and talents training in the future, too, by reliably carrying forward the 70 year-long brilliant tradition, he had a photo session with them.

      That day, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un clarified the issues of improving the educational conditions and environment, content and method of the university, and bestowed great favors on the university.

    Instilling Confidence in Sure Victory
    • It was during the arduous march, the most severe in the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle.

      The Japanese imperialists mobilized even the fighter planes to pour down bombs, fire machine-gun bullets and scatter leaflets.

      Carried on the leaflets were words reading that it would be better for the guerillas to climb down the mountains and make a choice of leading a comfortable life instead of dying of starvation and cold.

      The guerillas in the main unit of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army were filled with fierce rage at the leaflets scattered by the enemy.

      President Kim Il Sung inspired them with confidence in sure victory, saying that the day of victory would surely come no matter what pains and troubles they had to suffer, that they should endure the piercing cold for the coming 3 months, that when the snow melted down, the theatre of our vigorous struggle would be opened up, and that they should overcome all sorts of hardships until then so as to advance to our dear fatherland without fail.

      The priceless and meaningful instructions of President Kim Il Sung that they should fight to the last with faith in sure victory and indomitable militant spirit in order to hasten the day of fatherland liberation strongly touched the hearts of the guerillas.

    Only by Our Own Efforts
    • It happened when the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army had their activities in small units following the strategic line put forth at Xiaohaerbaling Meeting.

      The conclusion of the Neutrality Treaty between the Soviet Union and Japan caused ideological vacillation among some people who were not fully prepared ideologically but stained with flunkeyism.

      At that time President Kim Il Sung with his soldiers around him gave valuable teachings on completing the Korean revolution by our own efforts.

      When we set out on the road of revolution, we had decided to make a revolution by our own efforts with firm belief in the strength of our people, not relying on others and we had never dreamed about it, he said.

      He continued to say that a revolution is, in nature, made by the people by dint of their own idea and efforts and it could be neither presented by others nor on the market and that we would advance forward more bravely under the unfurled banner of completing the revolution only by our own efforts no matter how the situation might change and no matter what hardships and difficulties might block our advance. …

      Bearing such priceless teachings of President Kim Il Sung in their minds, the guerillas were filled with a firm belief “Let cowards flinch and traitors sneer; we will keep the Red Flag flying here!”

    March Route Set by Chairman Kim Jong Il
    • It was when Chairman Kim Jong Il was opening up a maiden route for study tour to the revolutionary battle sites on Mt. Paektu.

      On the day of arrival in Pochonbo, the Chairman set forth the orientation of the activity of the study tour party and asked for the officials for their opinions about deciding on how far they could go from Pochonbo.

      The only reply from one of the officials was that they could go no farther than Samjiyon and Rimyongsu.

      Looking at them from one to another, the Chairman said it was understandable for them to have such an opinion of the route as the discovery of revolutionary relics reached no farther than the areas in and around Samjiyon and Rimyongsu. Saying that more revolutionary relics needed to be found in the areas around Mt. Paektu, he underlined the need to keep on extending the march route to reach Mt. Paektu eventually.

      His remarks greatly excited the officials.

      The present march route to Mt. Paektu was born of the firm faith of the Chairman.

    An Official Gives a Full Account
    • One day Chairman Kim Jong Il visited a company of the Korean People’s Army stationed on an utmost front.

      Despite being boundlessly happy to have at their post the Chairman, who they had missed even in dreams, the soldiers were left in constant anxiety over the trouble he had to take on the rugged and snowy road.

      It was one of the officials that gave the soldiers a full account after the Chairman left there.

      “The Chairman said that he managed to arrange this visit despite being extremely busy since it seemed as if the soldiers defending their outpost on the utmost front were waiting for him more earnestly nearing the end of the year and that he finally went to bed after 1 a.m., but he had to get up early at 4 a.m. to leave for the post. He continued in an excited tone that even though it was pitch dark outside and the road was icy and dangerous because of a lot of snow, he was extremely pleased and cheerful to find himself on the road to the utmost front.

      Even when the official finished the story, the soldiers could hardly move their steps, deeply impressed.

    Peerlessly Great Man of All-round Knowledge
    • It happened in a year when President Kim Il Sung was on a visit to a country in Europe. One day he had a talk with the leader of the country.

      Discussed in the talk were some issues of mutual concern in such fields as politics, economy, culture, military affairs, etc.

      The talk lasted from the morning to the afternoon. Eventually the talk was coming close to an end when suddenly the hall witnessed a spectacle unprecedented in the history of diplomacy.

      The leader of the country hesitantly rose from the seat to glance at the small pocketbook laid before the President, which was a breach of etiquette.

      In the centre of the attention of the dumbfounded people, he asked, “President Kim Il Sung, may I ask what is in the mysterious pocketbook? You have been talking smoothly on the issues in all fields only relying on it without even an outlined plan for the talk.”

      With a generous smile on his face, the President showed the blue-covered pocketbook to him. Gazing into the “mysterious” pocketbook, the leader was amazed. It was because he could find only a few symbols and three or four lines of keywords.

      It was beyond his understanding because right from the beginning of the talk he had been dependent on the thick file of detailed plan of the talk prepared by the subordinate officials.

      (President Kim Il Sung has had no outlined plan throughout the whole course of the talk, but he has talked over that palm-sized pocketbook only before him.)

      That evening he expressed his feeling to the President.

      President Kim Il Sung, you are a peerlessly great man of all-round knowledge, if ever there was one!”

    Lesson of “A Car without a Steering Wheel”
    • On June 21, Juche 68(1979), President Kim Il Sung was stressing the need to maintain independence in carving out the destiny of a nation, when he told King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia a humour story “A Car without a Steering Wheel”, which was popular among the people in Eastern Europe.

      It goes like this.

      General secretary of the communist party of a European country gave the counterpart of the ruling party of another country a car with no steering wheel but a hook only at the front as a gift.

      When the latter complained that he could find no steering wheel, but only a hook attached to the front of the car, the former said:

      It would cause no problems. You can sit comfortably when the car is hooked to the back of the car in front. All you have to do is to sit still in your car when I drive the front car.

      The President looked at Norodom Sihanouk as though he was asking for the lesson gained from “A Car without a Steering Wheel”.

      Noting that the story teaches politicians a serious lesson, Sihanouk said, “Now I have realized that the steering wheel a politician should grab firmly in carving out the destiny of a nation is none other than independence.”

    Vegetable Field of Supreme Headquarters
    • It was one day in spring, Juche 40(1951).

      Having summoned a member of the supreme headquarters, President Kim Il Sung told him that he was going to look round the valley with him and headed towards the part above the commanding centre of the supreme headquarters. Watching the patches and waste land at the sides of the path, the President told him to ask the members at the headquarters to grow vegetables for themselves by bringing the hallow fields and all pieces of land available under cultivation.

      That day the President held a spade in his own hands to dig the soil over despite being extremely busy commanding the fronts. He also said that they should ease the burden on the farmers even a little and that from then on they should not depend on the farmers to be supplied with vegetables by growing them on their own.

      The President personally sowed seeds of several kinds of vegetables including spinach, cucumber, pak choi, garlic, spring onion, aubergine, etc. and removed the weeds dripping with sweat. Looking after the vegetable fields with such great care, he stressed that in the future they should keep on cultivating the fields and doing several other things as a sideline by their own effort for economical living and that they should be another model in organizing lives in conformity with wartime conditions.

      Seeing the fields in the valley where all kinds of fresh vegetables were growing, the farmers around the valley were moved to tears.

      (We will never find such a well-kept field among all fields in the world!)

    For Even a Single Ornament
    • One day the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un visited the Mirae Shop on the bank of the Pothong River.

      Shining on the hairpin stand at the very front of the daily necessities department were Cosmos hairpins whose mere name brings about earnest yearning for Chairman Kim Jong Il.

      Filled with jewel hairpins in different shapes and colours, the stand resembled a flower bed with beautiful flowers in full bloom.

      Watching the stand with great satisfaction, he said in a tone of great pleasure that Cosmos hairpins are loved by our women. Then he continued that they should find out what shapes of hairpins are preferred by women before ordering them from factories so as to sell hairpins to our women’s liking and that it is important for all shops to find out as frequently as possible what shapes of commodities are preferred by customers when they are of the same kind.