President Kim Il Sung's Desire


   The modern Korean dictionary explains that the word desire is what one always thinks and earnestly wants.
   The greatest desire of President Kim Il Sung was to make the Korean people live better and to reunify divided Korea.
   He gave his all to realizing this desire.


   The Korean people had lived in ramshackle thatched huts without eating and clothing themselves well from ancient times. Their long cherished desire had, therefore, been to live in tile-roofed houses, eating polished rice and meat soup and wearing silk clothes.
   To meet this desire President Kim 11 Sung walked and walked the long, long thorny path, rain or snow.
   "If I can help you eat rice I am happy to be exposed to this sleet..." said he at the Samsok village (present Jangsuwon Cooperative Farm in Samsok District, Pyongyang).
   Late at a sleety night he walked up hill and down dale, holding a torch to find the source of water for paddy farming. Soon his clothes and shoes got wet through and stiff. But he finally found the site for a reservoir, going up and down the slippery snow-covered hill path all night.
   When a reservoir appeared the village people named it a "torch reservoir" to tell posterity about its history. Many other reservoirs came into being out of his desire to feed rice to the Korean people.
   The Oesong Bean Curd Factory is a small factory in a residential quarter in Central District, Pyongyang. The President visited it in the early morning when even housewives were not awake to prepare breakfast. Saying that he wanted to see how bean curd was made, he entered the workplace hazy with steam, closely examined the bean curd in a plate offered by a woman worker, pressed it with chopsticks and tasted it. Then, with a bright smile he was quite satisfied with it, saying that it was very good.
   Bean curd is one of foodstuffs liked by Koreans.
   The state had built many bean curd factories to produce a lot of bean curd essential to Koreans' diet without difficulty. But once bean curd had gone bad at its factories in summer and plenty of raw materials and labor had been wasted. Informed of this, the President taught specialists and officials how to cold-press bean curd, process the bean curd that went bad and make bean curd of bean cake and paid close attention to the bean curd making. Some time before his visit to the Bean Curd Factory he had examined good bean curd himself and asked if the people liked it and stressed that it was his desire to see the people always eat hot bean curd to their heart's content and said satisfactorily that the bean curd liked by the people was good.
Korean dictionaries carry words "bean cake curd," "square bean curd", "dried bean curd", "improved uncurdled bean curd," "fermented bean curd," "frozen bean curd," "powdered bean curd," "bean curd soup," "roasted bean curd," "boiled bean curd," and the like, which are closely associated with the great efforts the President made and the heart and soul he devoted throughout his life to the improvement of the people's diet. That is why whenever they are at table Koreans feel like hearing his ringing voice, "Bean curd is good."


    Visitors to the Panmun House see the granite monument (9.4 meters in total width and 7.7 meters in panel width) bearing the President's autograph signed to the first page of the document concerning Korean reunification after his examination in the last days of his life: "Kim Il Sung, July 7, 1994."
   The monument shows the President's lifelong efforts to give the Korean people the joy of national reunification and his exploits for national reunification.
   He said to south Korean reporters who came to see him in 1945, the year of Korea's liberation, that he was glad to see them in the liberated homeland and that he would like to go to Seoul at once to meet south Korean people if the situation permitted him to do so. For nearly half a century since then he had made great efforts for national reunification, spent many, many sleepless nights, wrote many, many classical works and examined and ratified so many documents.
   On September 24, Juche 38(1949), when the ceremony was held to bid the last farewell to Kim Jong Suk, a revolutionary soldier most faithful to him and an anti-Japanese woman hero, the night was going quietly. He was gripped with a great sorrow. An official, who was working as his assistant, learned that an organ was going to show the leader a document concerning national reunification. After some hesitation he reported it to the leader. The leader told him to bring the document at once. The official had a guilty conscience at the thought that he would trouble the leader without saying words of consolation and gave him the document. The leader read the document letter by letter and corrected improper expressions and connections of sentences. And he said that the official had a trouble and that he had made some corrections and gave back the document, telling him to report it. In this way he worked to the end of his life for national reunification, thinking more of his compatriots' sorrow and pains from national division than his own. He used to say that at night he thought more of the south Korean people, the prolonged national division pained his heart and national reunification would make him ten years younger.
   In the first half of Juche 83(1994), the last year of his life, he worked heart and soul for national unity and reunification. He stressed in his new year address that national reunification was the supreme task of the Korean people which does not brook a moment's delay and national reunification was an absolute must to meet the unanimous ardent desire of the Korean people and bequeath a reunified country to posterity.
   Busy as he was, taking care of all state affairs, he received and worked with distinguished figures and reporters from Cuba, the US, Japan, Belgium and other countries to create a favorable international climate for national reunification.
   In July with a plan to bring a new phase to national unity and reunification, he examined a document for national reunification and signed his autograph to its first page. His last autograph shows his lifelong efforts to end the tragic national division and reunify divided Korea.
   The President's desire is now coming true by leader Kim Jong Il.
   He gives continued on-the-spot guidance to make the Korean people live happily.
   Early this year, too, he gave important tasks to enhance the people's living standard and reunify Korea.
   The Korean people are now working hard to carry out the task.
   President Kim Il Sung' desire will surely come true as long as Kim Jong Il leads the Korean people who are united as one behind him.
KIM IL SUNG  Study Section