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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Song Reflecting Faith and Will of Korean People

Pyongyang, January 24 (KCNA) -- Seventy years have passed since President Kim Il Sung created the famous "Song of the Anti-Japanese War." In the latter half of January Juche 24 (1935), members of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army had to march through snow-storm and steep mountains, breaking through tight siege and pursuit of the Japanese occupation army.

Worse still, the President caught a severe rigor. In the grave situation the guerrillas were at a loss and some of them fell down. Though his temperature was around 40 degrees C, the President wrote the words of the song to instill hatred against the enemy and faith in the victory of the revolution into the mind of the guerrillas. And he began to sing the song.

The "Song of the Anti-Japanese War" mirrors his boundless love for the motherland and fellow countrymen who were groaning under the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule and his iron will to fight till the victory over the white terrorism under the red banner.

The song, which powerfully aroused the guerrillas and people in the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle, is still sung in the country. It is an ideological and spiritual source of strength with which the Korean people defended the dignity and sovereignty of the country and the nation not only in the Korean war but also in the "Arduous March" and the forced march in the mid-1990s, frustrating the imperialists' moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK.