Veteran Statesman of Independent Politics

Marking the 109th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) on April 15 this year, the Korean people and the world’s progressive people look back upon the great exploits he performed for the cause of global independence.

President Kim Il Sung authored the Juche idea, the guiding ideology in the era of independence, and made selfless devotion throughout his life to the struggle to accomplish the cause of global independence in his country and the rest of the world.

In his lifetime he conducted energetic external activities, travelling 520 000 kilometres on 106 occasions and paying official visits to 16 countries. He also met a total of 70 000 foreigners, including party leaders and heads of state and government, from over 130 countries.

The international community highly praised the President as a veteran of world politics.

Over 480 streets, institutions and organizations in 100 odd countries were named after the President, and many countries and international organizations awarded him orders, medals and honorary titles totalling over 370. The President received more than 70 000 gifts from heads of state, party and government and prominent figures of over 170 countries.

President Kim Il Sung’s exploits performed for the cause of global independence will be remembered for ever.

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