Independence was the creed and practice President Kim Il Sung cherished and applied throughout his life.
Having opted for independence as a weapon for shaping the destiny of his country in its history of disgrace filled with domination and subjugation, Kim Il Sung, in the whole period of leading the complicated revolution for scores of years, set forth independence as the lifeline of the Korean revolution, and solved all problems arising in the revolution and construction in conformity with the demands of the revolution, the interests of the Korean people and the actual conditions of the country.
When the Korean people were faced with the historic task of building a free and sovereign state after the liberation of their country on August 15, 1945, he clarified the road to progressive democracy which fully conformed to their aspirations and the specific situation of their country.
Commenting on this, in his talk to Ryo Un Hyong, chairman of the People’s Party of Korea, on his visit to Pyongyang in February Juche 35 (1946), he said:
Our country was, as you know, a colony of Japanese imperialism for a long time. For this reason the baneful residues of Japanese imperialism and survivals of feudalism still remain deep-rooted in all areas of society, although our country has been liberated. Proceeding from this character of the Korean revolution, we should take the road of Korean-style democracy in keeping with the present conditions prevailing in our country.
In the 20th century when sycophancy, dogmatism and dominationism were prevalent, Kim Il Sung put forward unique and creative lines and policies, which could not be explained by the established theories and past experience, in every field, stage and period of the revolution and construction.
Typical examples are the line of building an independent national economy, the basic line of socialist economic construction on giving priority to the development of heavy industry while developing light industry and agriculture simultaneously, and the line of three revolutions–ideological, technological and cultural.
At the talk with a delegation of the Guinean party and government in December Juche 61 (1972), Kim Il Sung looked back with deep emotion upon the days when he resolved all the problems arising in the revolution and construction independently and creatively as suited to the actual conditions of the Korean revolution and the country and said in the following vein:
Table manners differ from country to country. Some take foods with spoon, while others use fork or chopsticks, and still some others eat food with their fingers. Accordingly, it is impossible to force all to eat foods with fork. Likewise, each country should promote its revolution and construction in conformity with its specific situation.
Through his great revolutionary practice, Kim Il Sung proved that independence represents the justice of history and the victory of the revolution and opened a new historical chapter, in which the masses, freed from domination and subjugation, wage the revolution in their respective countries in an independent way.
In his report at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in September Juche 77 (1988), he recollected the days when he led the Korean revolution along the road of victory under the unfurled banner of independence, and proudly declared:
“Now that our country, once in a state of age-long backwardness and eclipse, trampled underfoot by imperialists, has become a prospering and mighty socialist state, we can feel due pride and confidence in and boast of the revolutionary stand and the independent line we have consistently maintained over the past years and the worthwhile struggle and great achievements of the Party and the people, who, united as one, have creatively blazed a historical trail.”
Today, independence stands as a vivid symbol of Kim Il Sung’s personality as a peerlessly great man and as a byword for our times praising his sacred revolutionary career, imperishable achievements, and as the eternal lifeline of the Korean revolution.