Kim Il-sung’s Ten Principles

In my previous post I listed first four principles of Kim Il-sung. Some people said that they had no idea what I was talking about, so I thought I should elaborate a little before we go on to the rest of the principles.

What do these principles mean? Here are some examples about the Ten Principles to help us understand the specifics that these words represent. For instance, the third principle says, “For our Great Leader Kim Il-sung—we must bestow upon him absolute authority. It is prerequisite for our revolution and the revolutionary will of our Party and the people.” Article 6 of the Third Principle further states, “Su Ryong Comrade Kim Il-sung’s portraits, busts, statues, badges containing his portrait, publications containing his portrait, art paintings containing his portrait, signs displaying his teachings, and the Party’s basic motto must be treated with reverence and protected with utmost care.”
Portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il hang in every living room in North Korea. These pictures have to be carefully dusted every day with a clean cloth, never with a household rag. A dusty portrait spells trouble for the family, including incarceration as political prisoners. A cavalier treatment of their images is a serious offense and is treated as deconsecrating. A newspaper containing either of their pictures is not a mere newspaper; it is a piece of Holy Scripture. Sitting or stepping on it is a blasphemous act, deserving severe punishment.



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