On December 31, 1985, an official was summoned by President Kim Il Sung. Entering the leader’s office, he stopped short at the sight of the President intent on looking through a telescope, oblivious to his presence. The official asked him what he was looking at. The President turned, and invited him to take a look. The official found that he could see the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt. Taesong, the martyrs seeming to rush towards him.
He was choked with emotion.
The President said in a husky voice that whenever he thought of them, he looked at the cemetery and he regretted not having done better for them