All our Party members, service personnel and people,
The Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Central Military Commission of the WPK, and the National Defence Commission, the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly and the Cabinet of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea report in the bitterest grief that the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, passed away from a sudden attack of illness at 08:30 on December 17, Juche 100 (2011) during a trip for on-site guidance.
Our great Comrade Kim Jong Il, who devoted his whole life to the carrying forward and accomplishing of the revolutionary cause of Juche and conducted tireless and energetic activities for the prosperity of his socialist country and the welfare of his fellow people and for national reunification and global independence, left us too suddenly to our greatest sorrow.
It is the greatest loss for our Party and revolution and the deepest grief to our people and the whole nation that Comrade Kim Jong Il, the great leader of our Party and our people, passed away unexpectedly in this historic period, when a radical phase is being brought about in accomplishing the cause of building a thriving socialist country and when our revolution is winning one victory after another overcoming manifold difficulties and hardships.
Born as the son of guerrillas on Mt. Paektu, the sacred mountain of the revolution, Comrade Kim Jong Il grew up into a great revolutionary, and led our Party, our army and our people sagaciously for a long period of time, gaining imperishable revolutionary achievements for the country and people and for the times and history.
Having embodied on the highest level possible the perfect personalities and qualities that characterize a great man, the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il was an outstanding ideologist and theoretician, a peerless veteran statesman and a brilliant commander of the Songun-based revolution, who led the revolution and construction along the road filled with victory by dint of profound ideas and theories and unexcelled leadership, and a matchless patriot and the benevolent father of the people, who adorned the whole course of his revolutionary struggle with ardent love for and ennobling devotion to his country and fellow people.
Regarding it as his lifelong duty to inherit and accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche pioneered by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung, Comrade Kim Jong Il, as his closest and most faithful comrade, vigorously advanced the revolution and construction in accordance with Comrade Kim Il Sung’s ideas and intentions.
With far-sighted wisdom and through energetic ideological and theoretical activities, he enriched and developed in an all-round way the immortal Juche idea and the Songun idea, authored by Comrade Kim Il Sung, to make them ideas guiding the era of independence. He also staunchly safeguarded the revolutionary traditions of Paektu and inherited and developed them in a pure way, ensuring that the lifeline of the Korean revolution would continue invariably.
A genius of the revolution and construction, he held high the banner of modelling the whole society on the Juche idea, developing our Party, army and state into the party, army and state of Comrade Kim Il Sung, raised the nation’s dignity and strength to the highest level and ushered in a great age of prosperity never seen in the nation’s history spanning 5 000 years.
A perfect incarnation of the revolutionary sense of moral obligation, he set a great example in realizing the cause of immortalizing the leader, a cause never recorded in the political history of mankind, thus ensuring that the august name of Comrade Kim Il Sung and his immortal revolutionary career and exploits would go down for ever along with the infinite history of Juche Korea.
In the face of the breakdown of the world socialist system, the greatest loss for the nation, the vicious moves of the imperialist allied forces to suffocate the DPRK and the severe natural calamities, he, a great statesman and brilliant commander, administered Songun politics, defending with honour the socialist gains, the valuable heritage bequeathed by Comrade Kim Il Sung, and turning our country into an invincible political and ideological power based on single-hearted unity and into a nuclear state with unrivalled military strength no enemy would dare challenge.
True to the behests of Comrade Kim Il Sung, Comrade Kim Jong Il set the ambitious goal of building a great, prosperous and powerful country and led the general advance of all the people for attaining it, kindling the flames of a great revolutionary upsurge across the country and inspiring great innovations and leap forward on all fronts of socialist construction.
The father of the nation and lodestar of national reunification, Comrade Kim Jong Il, with an iron will to implement Comrade Kim Il Sung’s behest for the reunification of the country, led the whole nation along the road of independence and great national unity and opened the June 15 era of reunification for realizing the noble ideal of By Our Nation Itself.
A great guardian of socialism and justice, Comrade Kim Jong Il, upholding the banner of anti-imperialist independence, conducted energetic external activities for the victory of the socialist cause, global peace and stability, and friendship and solidarity among peoples, remarkably enhancing our country’s position and authority in the international arena and rendering immortal services to promoting the cause of independence of mankind.
Throughout the long period of his revolutionary leadership Comrade Kim Jong Il always shared joy and sorrow with the people, treasuring and loving them, and made tireless efforts to build a thriving country and improve their standard of living, continuing high-intensity forced march of on-site guidance, before passing away on train owing to the excessive mental and physical exertion.
His life was the most brilliant life of a great revolutionary who pioneered a thorny, untrodden path of the revolution by displaying an iron will and super-human energy, holding high the red banner of the revolution, and the life of a peerless patriot who devoted his all entirely to the good of his country and fellow people.
Although he died to our regret, not seeing the victory of the cause of building a prosperous and powerful country and the accomplishment of national reunification and the revolutionary cause of Juche which he had eagerly wanted to see, Comrade Kim Jong Il laid solid political and military basis on which our revolution could make an uninterrupted advance generation after generation and strong foundations for the eternal prosperity of our country and nation.
Today, at the head of our revolution is Comrade Kim Jong Un, the great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche and the outstanding leader of our Party, our army and our people.
His leadership constitutes the decisive guarantee for successfully carrying forward the revolutionary cause of Juche down through generations, the cause which the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung started and the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il led victoriously.
We have the powerful and invincible revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu which stands in the van of implementing the cause of the Party, the great army-people unity behind the Party, the excellent people-centred socialist system of our own style and the strong basis of the independent national economy.
We must surmount today’s trying ordeals and work more vigorously for a new, great victory of the Juche revolution by turning sorrow into strength and courage under the leadership of Comrade Kim Jong Un.
Our service personnel and people, cherishing an absolute faith and a noble sense of moral obligation, will hold the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il in high esteem for ever, will never make the slightest concession or vacillation on the road of the Juche revolution and the Songun revolution, true to his lifetime instructions, and will staunchly defend his immortal revolutionary exploits and carry them forward for all ages and generations.
All the Party members, service personnel and people must firmly defend the single-hearted unity of the Party, the army and the people and cement it more solidly in faithful support of the leadership of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un.
We must reliably defend our socialist system and revolutionary gains by holding the banner of Songun higher and increasing the country’s military capabilities to the maximum, and effect a decisive turn in the drive to build the country into an economic giant and improve the people’s standard of living by spreading the flames of the industrial revolution of the new century, the flames of Hamnam, across the country.
We will achieve the country’s independent reunification without fail through the concerted efforts of the entire nation by implementing the three charters for national reunification and the north-south joint declarations to the letter.
Based on the principles of independence, peace and friendship, our Party and people will make strenuous efforts to strengthen friendship and solidarity with peoples of many countries of the world and to build a new, independent and peaceful world, which is free from domination and subjugation and from aggression and war.
The road ahead of our revolution is arduous and the present situation is grave, but no force in the world can check the revolutionary advance our Party, army and people are making under the wise leadership of the great Comrade Kim Jong Un.
Although the heart of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il stopped beating, the august name and benevolent image of the respected General will live for ever in the hearts of our service personnel and people, and the sacred history of his revolutionary activities and his imperishable revolutionary exploits will shine for ever along with the history of the country.
The Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea
The National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The Cabinet of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
December 17, Juche 100 (2011)