Pyongyang, May 5 (KCNA) — Sixty-nine years have passed since President Kim Il Sung founded the Association for the Restoration of the Fatherland on May 5, Juche 25 (1936).
On this occasion the people and servicepersons of Korea are looking back on the priceless experience and exploits gained by the President in the efforts to achieve the great national unity.
He put forward the idea of the great national unity and the line of a united front in the first period of his revolutionary activities and had strived hard to realize them.
Basing himself on the Juche Idea, he expounded the issue of the nation from a new angle and advanced a unique idea of the great national unity and had successfully implemented it in the whole period of the struggle for national liberation, the building of a new country and national reunification, and thus set a great model in achieving the great national unity.
Reflected in the programme of the ARF is the idea that all classes and social strata should give priority to the demand and interests common to the nation and firmly unite as one irrespective of differences in ideology, political view, religious belief, property and social standing for the purpose of achieving and defending the independence of the nation.
The ARF was an anti-Japanese national united organization, the first of its kind in Korea. Its formation made it possible to rally the patriotic forces of workers, peasants and other strata and build up the driving force of revolution.
It is entirely thanks to the wise guidance and energetic activities of the President that the Korean people found out a correct way for the liberation of the nation from the Japanese imperialist rule in line with the Ten-Point Programme of the ARF, defeated the Japanese imperialists and liberated the country with their own efforts, united close around him.
He, on the basis of the brilliant success and rich experience gained in the efforts to closely unite broad sections of patriotic forces through the formation of the ARF, authored the “Ten-Point Programme of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation for the Reunification of the Country”.
The tradition of the great national unity established by the President has successfully been carried forward by leader Kim Jong Il.
Today all the Koreans in the north, south and overseas are making strenuous efforts to achieve the independent reunification of the country, rallied in the idea of “by our nation itself” set forth by the June 15 North South Joint Declaration.
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