Even in the midnight of April 14, Juche 66 (1977), the light was on in the office of President Kim Il Sung.
When an official earnestly asked him to go to bed, the President said that he couldn’t have a sleep with worry about the problem of coal, a key in the economic development of the country, adding that he had no choice but to go into a coalface to dig out coal with his own hands.
Surprised at his serious remarks, the official was quite at a loss.
Saying that he was done for, the President looked out of the window in darkness for a while.
The official was deeply moved, looking up at the President worrying himself about coal production.
Next day was the President’s birthday, the greatest national holiday of the DPRK, but he spent the day in a coalfield.