North Korea: 'Heart of Kim Jong Il stopped beating,' but he'll always be remembered
South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, left, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000.
December 19th, 2011
02:13 AM ET

North Korea: 'Heart of Kim Jong Il stopped beating,' but he'll always be remembered

A message to North Koreans was posted on state-run news agency KCNA after the death of Kim Jong Il reflecting on his life and the future of North Korea.

Read the message in full below:

"The Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and the Cabinet of the DPRK on Saturday announced the following notice to all party members, servicepersons and people:

The Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and the Cabinet of the DPRK notify with bitterest grief to all the party members, servicepersons and people of the DPRK that Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, passed away of a sudden illness at 08: 30 on December 17, Juche 100 (2011) on his way to field guidance.

He dedicated all his life to the inheritance and accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche and energetically worked day and night for the prosperity of the socialist homeland, happiness of people, reunification of the country and global independence. He passed away too suddenly to our profound regret.

His sudden demise at a historic time when an epochal phase is being opened for accomplishing the cause of building a powerful and prosperous socialist state and the Korean revolution is making steady victorious progress despite manifold difficulties and trials is the greatest loss to the WPK and the Korean revolution and the bitterest grief to all the Koreans at home and abroad.

Kim Jong Il, who was born as a son of guerillas on Mt. Paektu, the holy mountain of the revolution, and grew up to be a great revolutionary, wisely led the party, the army and people for a long period, performing undying revolutionary feats on behalf of the country, the people, the times and history.

Kim Jong Il possessed of personality and qualifications as a great man on the highest and perfect level was an outstanding thinker and theoretician who led the revolution and construction along the path of steady victories with his profound ideologies and theories and remarkable leadership. He was also peerlessly political elder and outstanding and illustrious commander of Songun and peerless patriot and tender-hearted father of the people who recorded the whole history of the revolutionary struggle with ardent love for the country and its people and noble dedication.

Considering it as his lifelong mission to carry to completion generation after generation the revolutionary cause of Juche started by President Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il pushed forward the revolution and construction in line with the idea and intention of the President as the dearest comrade and the most loyal comrade-in-arms of the President.

Kim Jong Il comprehensively developed in depth the immortal Juche idea, Songun idea, fathered by the President and glorified it as the idea guiding the era of independence with his clairvoyant wisdom and energetic ideological and theoretical activities. He firmly defended and carried forward the revolutionary traditions of Mt. Paektu with pure mind, thereby giving a steady continuity to the Korean revolution.

Kim Jong Il, genius of the revolution and construction, developed the party, army and state to be the party, army and state of Kim Il Sung, put the dignity and power of the nation on the highest level and ushered in the golden days of prosperity unprecedented in the nation's history spanning 5 000 years under the uplifted banner of modeling the whole society on the Juche idea.

Kim Jong Il, supreme incarnation of the revolutionary moral obligation, set a great example in perpetuating the memory of President Kim Il Sung unknown in human political history, thus making sure that the august name of the President, his undying revolutionary career and exploits always shine along with the eternal history of Juche Korea.

Kim Jong Il, great master of politics and illustrious commander born of Heaven, honorably defended the socialist gains, noble heritage bequeathed by the President, by dint of Songun politics despite the collapse of the world socialist system, the demise of the President which was the greatest loss to the nation, the vicious offensive of the imperialist allied forces to stifle the DPRK and severe natural disasters. He turned the DPRK into an invincible political and ideological power in which single-minded unity has been achieved and made it emerge a nuclear weapons state and an invincible military power which no enemy can ever provoke.

True to President Kim Il Sung's behest, Kim Jong Il set a gigantic goal to build a prosperous and powerful country and led an all-people general advance for attaining it, thus making the drive for a great revolutionary surge rage throughout the country and bringing about great innovations and leap forward on all fronts of socialist construction.

Kim Jong Il, father of the nation and lodestar of national reunification, led all the fellow countrymen to the road of independence and great national unity with his rock-firm will to implement the instructions of the President for national reunification and ushered in the June 15 era of reunification in which the noble idea of "By our nation itself" is materialized.

As a great guardian of socialism and justice, he conducted energetic external activities for the victory of the socialist cause, global peace and stability and friendship and solidarity among peoples under the uplifted banner of independence against imperialism, thus remarkably raising the international position and prestige of the DPRK and making immortal contributions to the human cause of independence.

In the whole period of his protracted revolutionary guidance, he valued and loved the people very much and always shared weal and woe with them. He continued to make difficult forced march for field guidance, making unremitting efforts and working heart and soul to build a thriving country and improve the standard of people's living. He died from repeated mental and physical fatigue on a train in that course.

The whole life of Kim Jong Il was the most brilliant life of a great revolutionary who covered an untrodden thorny path with his iron will and superhuman energy, holding aloft the red flag of revolution. It was the life of the peerless patriot who dedicated his all to the country and its people.

He passed away to our regret before seeing the victory of the cause of building a thriving nation, the national reunification and the accomplishment of the revolutionary cause of Juche so ardently desired by him, but laid a strong political and military base for ensuring the steady advance of the Korean revolution through generations and provided a solid foundation for the eternal prosperity of the country and the nation.

Standing in the van of the Korean revolution at present is Kim Jong Un, great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche and outstanding leader of our party, army and people.

Kim Jong Un's leadership provides a sure guarantee for creditably carrying to completion the revolutionary cause of Juche through generations, the cause started by Kim Il Sung and led by Kim Jong Il to victory.

We have the invincible revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu faithful to the cause of the Workers' Party of Korea, the great unity of the army and people closely rallied around the Party, the best Korean-style socialist system centered on the popular masses and the solid foundation of the independent national economy.

Under the leadership of Kim Jong Un we should turn our sorrow into strength and courage and overcome the present difficulties and work harder for fresh great victory of the Juche revolution.

Our army and people will hold leader Kim Jong Il in high esteem forever with unshakable faith and noble sense of moral obligation. True to his behests, they will make neither slightest concession nor delay on the road of the Juche revolution, the Songun revolution but resolutely defend his undying feats and glorify them for all ages.

All the party members, servicepersons and people should remain loyal to the guidance of respected Kim Jong Un and firmly protect and further cement the single-minded unity of the party, the army and the people.

Under the uplifted banner of Songun, we should increase the country's military capability in every way to reliably safeguard the Korean socialist system and the gains of revolution and make the torch lit in South Hamgyong Province, the drive for the industrial revolution in the new century, rage throughout the country and thus bring about a decisive turn in building an economic power and improving the standard of people's living.

We will surely achieve the independent reunification of the country by concerted efforts of all Koreans by thoroughly implementing the Three Charters for National Reunification and the north-south joint declarations.

Our party and people will strive hard to boost friendship and solidarity with the peoples of different countries, guided by the idea of independence, peace and friendship, and build an independent and peaceful, new world free from domination, subjugation, aggression and war.

Arduous is the road for our revolution to follow and grim is the present situation. But no force on earth can check the revolutionary advance of our party, army and people under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Un.

The heart of Kim Jong Il stopped beating, but his noble and august name and benevolent image will always be remembered by our army and people and his glorious history of revolutionary activities and undying feats will remain shining in the history of the country forever."

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. michaelo

    Imagine if they could convert just a fraction of all that verbiage to food – they'd be the best-fed nation on earth.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • ClamForbes

      I couldn't agree more. That wordy babbling nonsense was as ridiculous as Kim Jong Il's wardrobe I suppose. What a knucklehead.

      December 19, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Obadiah Bumbley

      Nicely said!

      December 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jes

    Supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, Kim Jong Il, will now be judged by our supreme God.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Trigster

      Nope. Just by people on the CNN forums.

      December 19, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Elmeaux

    I wonder if bees go into fits of hysteria when the queen dies. Do they have a national funeral? Do the drones fall on their faces and weep with despair? Write bloated eulogies in tribute?

    Best I can tell, they just eat the queen's carcass and then start looking for someone else to whom they can all be subservient.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian W.

      In case you never studied Entomology...the nest dies when the queen bee dies....that and bees (honey) do not eat meat and or other insects for that matter..

      December 19, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Obadiah Bumbley

      Elmeaux, I think Brian W. didn't pick up on your sub-text. Nice analogy!

      December 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian W.

    Amazing!!!...someone with an ego bigger than Donald Trump....and for a while the universe held them both at the same time...

    December 19, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. KING-VU

    Is a great leader of all time in this world.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Obadiah Bumbley

      LOL... King Vu, you're so funny.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JFB

    good riddance

    December 19, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. ClamForbes

    What a bunch of BS. This clowny clown clown spent his miserable life TAKING from the country, ROBBING and ENSLAVING his own people to fund his own peculiar lifestyle. Glad to hear he will finally understand and accept that in this whole big wonderful world he's "nothing but a scurvy little spider". Best news of 2011 in my opinion!!!

    December 19, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Laurent Coq

    3 days after his death, the DPRK finally announced his death....... Kim Jong II died, and worldwide politicians are just about to praise his son about how his father was a great friend... Well... Business IS Business!! !!!!

    December 19, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ClamForbes

      He probably picked up all the tabs...what a mope!

      December 19, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Laurent Coq

    Kim Jong Un (his successor) will be a handful to the world's political scene.... the worst is soon to come from the DPRK...

    December 19, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. cpc65

    I thought he was a living god? The North Korean Government lied to us? Aw, I feel so duped!

    December 19, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I have written term papers with slightly less wordage, but full of the same kind of bull sh!t.

    December 19, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    "ding dong the kim is dead, the kim is dead ,hes really dead. Ding dong the evil kim os deaddd!"

    December 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Obadiah Bumbley

    I can't help but hear 'Oh...Herro, Arec Bawdwin!' anytime I see his obnoxious bloated face. It's hilarious to watch the Korean public pretend to cry. 'CRY, OR I'LL SHOOT YOU IN THE FACE!' or 'CRY AND WE'LL FEED YOUR FAMILY!' Then again, it could be tears of joy.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |