President Kim Il Sung led the revolution all his life by relying on the strength of the Korean nation with a conviction that self-reliance means the independence and Juche. His political creed was that one could win everything if one believes in one’s own strength and advances by relying on that strength, but one could not make a revolution nor maintain life if one does not believe in one’s strength but looks up to Heaven for help.

The Yongil bomb is recorded as a symbol of selfreliance in the history of the Korean revolution. Once the people in Jiandao made a plan to build a hand grenade factory in the guerrilla base and asked a neighbouring country for aid, but there was no reply from that country. Taking this incident as a decisive opportunity for cultivating the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance in the guerrilla army, Commander Kim Il Sung told all the fighters of the AntiJapanese Guerrilla Army and revolutionary masses to have the viewpoint that the decisive factor in advancing the revolution was to bring their own strength into action to the maximum and that help from outsiders was a matter of secondary importance.

He saw to it that arms were obtained by snatching weapons from the enemy and building their own arsenals. He invented a method of turning out bombs suited to the reality of the guerrilla base with gunpowder of their own making and encouraged the workers of arsenals to display revolutionary zeal, fortitude and creative initiatives. As a result, they produced bombs only with hand tools like hammers, files and bellows. The name Yongil bomb was a synonym of fear contrived by the Japanese imperialists frightened out of their wits by the bomb attacks of the anti-Japanese guerrillas in the Yanji area. This induced the guerrillas and people to awake themselves to their own great capability and resources in practice and to gain faith through practice that they were fully capable of shaping their destiny with their own strength.

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