Though the 20th century has elapsed, indelible are the tracks of devotion President Kim Il Sung left in accomplishing the cause of independence of mankind by creating the immortal Juche idea and illuminating the path ahead of the era of independence.

Kim Il Sung meets the participants in the extraordinary ministerial conference of non-aligned countries on south-south cooperation [June Juche 76 (1987)].

Kim Il Sung meets the participants in the extraordinary ministerial conference of non-alignedcountries on south-south cooperation [June Juche 76 (1987)].

Busy as he was leading the Korean revolution along an untrodden path, the President conducted energetic external activities for the unity of socialist countries, strengthening and development of the non-aligned movement, consolidation of national independence of the developing countries, and the building of an independent world. His traces are marked in vast expanses of China and Siberia in Russia, East Europe and Africa.

Kim Il Sung talks with Chairman Mao Zedong of the People’s Republic of China [April Juche 64 (1975)].

Kim Il Sung talks with Chairman Mao Zedong of the People’s Republic of China [April Juche 64 (1975)].

Between Juche 34 (1945) and July in Juche 83 (1994) he travelled the long distance of 522 000 km, visiting 16 countries on 106 occasions. He met foreigners, 70 000 in total, including 400 heads of state, government and political party from 136 countries.

In the late 1940s he went to Dandong in China at the risk of his life to help the Chinese people’s struggle for the liberation of Northeast China, indicating the way to turn the tide of the war.

Kim Il Sung poses for a photograph with L. I. Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union [May Juche 69 (1980)].

Kim Il Sung poses for a photograph with L. I. Brezhnev, General Secretary of the CommunistParty of the Soviet Union [May Juche 69 (1980)].

He also visited the former Soviet Union and East European countries, thereby powerfully stimulating the unity of socialist countries and the revolutionary movement of international working class.

He put forward the basic strategy of directing the main spearhead against US imperialism in developing the world revolution and shed light on the path ahead of the developing countries as well as for the development of the nonaligned movement.

When socialism collapsed in the former Soviet Union and other East European countries in the early 90s of the previous century and the imperialists and reactionaries, taking advantage of this, made a big fuss about the “end” of socialism, the President solemnly declared: The crumbling of socialism in several countries does not mean the failure of socialism as science but the bankruptcy of opportunism which has corrupted socialism. Although socialism is temporarily experiencing a heartrending setback because of opportunism, it will without fail be revived and win ultimate victory for its scientific accuracy and truth.

Kim Il Sung talks with Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba [March Juche 75 (1986)].

Kim Il Sung talks with Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba [March Juche 75 (1986)].

Thanks to the President’s energetic external activities covering the whole world, the anti-revolutionary ideological trends which had tarnished the socialist ideal were rejected, the socialist movement was revived and the socialist cause advanced to victory. The non-aligned movement was strengthened into a powerful anti-imperialist independent force and the global independence made fresh progress.

Kim Il Sung meets former US President Jimmy Carter [June Juche 83 (1994)].

Kim Il Sung meets former US President Jimmy Carter [June Juche 83 (1994)].

Along with the immortal exploits he had performed for the realization of the cause of independence of mankind, President Kim Il Sung will be remembered for ever as the sun in the era of independence and the lodestar of human emancipation.

Article: Kim Thae Hyon