On New Year’s Eve Juche 37 (1948) Premier Kim Il Sung called Vice-premier Kim Chaek to his office. Noting that they had no opportunity to pose for a photo as they were busy with their own work for the meantime, he said he would like to have a photograph taken with him before seeing out the unforgettable year.
Then, he said to the cameraman as follows: This is a significant photo I would personally have taken with Kim Chaek in a comradely manner, rather than a photo I would have officially taken with him, the Vice-premier who is a member of the Cabinet. So, I want to have a photo taken well.
He kept the photo with much care in his favourite safe until the last moment of his life.