Six years have passed since Chairman Kim Jong Il of the DPRK National Defence Commission passed away on December 17, 2011. Those years were the days of boundless yearning of the Korean people for the Chairman and those of unfailing and noble sense of moral obligation to him.
The Korean people have held Kim Jong Il in high esteem as the eternal NDC Chairman and added brilliance to his exploits.
Reflecting the desire of the Korean people the Chairman is preserved in his lifetime appearance in the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where President Kim Il Sung, founder of socialist Korea, lies in state. Statues of him and mosaic murals of his beaming image were built on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang and other places across the country, and portraits of his beaming image hung in rooms of all the institutions, enterprises and families. The Korean people are wearing the badges bearing his image.
The fourth conference of the Workers' Party of Korea and the fifth session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK that were held in April 2012 decided on holding Kim Jong Il in high esteem as eternal General Secretary of the WPK and Chairman of the DPRK NDC.
For the exploits he had performed for the Korean revolution and the cause of global independence he was awarded the titles of Hero and Generalissimo of the DPRK, and Order of Kim Il Sung and Kim Il Sung Prize, highest decorations of the DPRK. He was also awarded in July 2013 the commemorative order which was newly instituted to mark 60th anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War (1950 - 1953).
February 16, his birthday, was designated as the Day of the Shining Star, and Order of Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Il Prize, Kim Jong Il Youth Honour Prize, Kim Jong Il Children Honour Prize, and the watch bearing his autographed name were newly instituted. Many documentaries about his revolutionary career and exploits were produced and screened, while Kim Jong Il's Complete Works that comprehensively embody his great ideas and instructions was being published. Literary works in reverence for him are continuously created and published.
All these manifest the noble sense of moral obligation and loyalty of the Korean people to Chairman Kim Jong Il: He developed the Juche idea and the Songun idea into the guiding ideologies in the era of independence and brilliantly implemented them in all realms of the Korean society; he achieved the single-hearted unity of the whole society in which its every member is united into one socio-political integrity; he built up the DPRK into an impregnable political and military socialist power, which manufactures and launches artificial earth satellites and possesses nuclear capabilities; he made an epochal change in developing the country into a prosperous and powerful one; and he rendered distinguished services to the cause of the independence of mankind.
The Korean people stepped up their vigorous advance to implement his lifetime wishes in all fields and sectors, thereby bringing about gigantic changes.
Scientists and technicians succeeded in launching the artificial satellite Kwangmyongsong 32 on the occasion of the first anniversary of his death and brilliantly carried out his lifetime instruction that the first applications earth satellite should be launched in 2012 that would mark the centenary of the birth of President Kim II Sung. Such construction projects that he had proposed and paid special attention as Changjon Street and People's Theatre in downtown Pyongyang, Rungna People's Recreation Ground, Ryugyong Health Complex, People's Open- air Ice Rink, Pyongyang Folk Park, Breast Tumour Institute of the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital and others were completed at the highest level.
Other major projects now under way in the DPRK, including those of power stations in tiers on the Chongchon River and livestock farming bases in the Sepho area, are all geared to translate his lifetime wishes and intentions into reality.
It is an inflexible faith and unshakeable will of the Korean people to realize Kim Jong Il's plans and instructions without fail.
At present valuable seeds of prosperity sown by the Chairman are coming to fruition in the DPRK.
A sea of apple trees at the foot of Chol Pass, another socialist paradise in the country, is a good example.
In the mid-1990s when the imperialist allied forces concentrated anti-socialist offensives on the DPRK, the Chairman held higher the banner of Songun in defence of socialism and embarked on his journey of Songun. While continuously inspecting the units of the KPA, he crossed the rugged Chol Pass more than ten times to visit frontline army posts. When crossing the pass he looked down at a fruit farm at the foot of the pass and initiated expanding the production capacity of the fruit farm in order to ensure that people were supplied with greater amounts of fruit. Therefore, in Kosan at the foot of this pass was built a large-scale fruit farm, covering an area of 2 200 hectares which is two times greater than the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm in a suburb of Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK, which won an international fame a few years ago as a "world-ranking model fruit farm." The Kosan Fruit Farm with vast expanses of orchards full of apple tree blossoms in spring and the trees laden heavily with apples in autumn is a socialist paradise Kim Jong Il had wished so ardently in his lifetime.
The DPRK is now witnessing rapid progresses in the development of science and technology in the fierce flames of breaking through the cutting edge, as he had wished. Many factories and enterprises in the metallurgical, machine-building and other economic sectors have been upgraded, while steady increase in production in light industry and agriculture bringing about remarkable improvements in the people's living standards. Thanks to a great heyday in construction, such cultural, sports and recreational establishments for the people as the Munsu Water Park, Mirim Riding Club and Masikryong Ski Resort, as well as medical service facilities including Okryu Children's Hospital and Ryugyong Dental Hospital were splendidly built in the country. Unha Scientists Street, apartment buildings for educationists at Kim II Sung University and Kim Chaek University of Technology, and Wisong Scientists Dwelling District made their gigantic appearances, and cities and villages across the country are being turned into socialist paradises, adding remarkable successes to the building of a civilized socialist nation.
The Korean people's vigorous grand march to materialize the lifetime plans and wishes of Chairman Kim Jong II is led by their supreme leader Kim Jong Un.