Memorable Tuman River


Chairman Kim Jong Il said:

"The Tuman is a meaningful river associated with the history of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle waged by President Kim Il Sung, and a river which my mother crossed after her parents in her early years shedding tears of blood over the sorrow of statelessness."

It was at the dawn of one day in late July, Juche 90(2001).

The special train to Russia, where Chairman Kim Jong Il was on, was coming near the Tuman River through the fresh air in the northern part of the country along the East Sea Railway.

The train entered the iron bridge of the Tuman River while Chairman was watching with deep emotion the scenery of the beautiful mountain villages overlooking the window.

The impressions of Chairman, who was watching the Tuman River rising in Mt. Paektu, the ancestral mountain and flowing down thousands and hundreds of kilometres, deepened.

Looking at the Tuman River, he said that the Tuman River was the river evoking deep memories.

Chairman asked an official accompanying him if he had ever been to Hoeryong, while thinking of the Osan hill with a lot of white apricot, which he had never forgotten even in his dream and the tearful ferry where the anti-Japanese Heroine Comrade Kim Jong Suk had been through to an unfamiliar foreign land.

When Chairman was told that the official had seen the bronze statue of the anti-Japanese heroine Kim Jong Suk and looked round her native home in Hoeryong, he said that he had not yet visited Hoeryong himself. He continued that the comrades-in-arms who had been fighting together had asked the anti-Japanese heroine Kim Jong Suk many times to visit her hometown after their triumphal return, but she told them that she had a great deal of work to do so she could not visit her native home first, and that she would go if she had time later. Therefore, she could not find time to go there to the end of her life.

Chairman said that whenever he missed his mother, he also wanted to visit Hoeryong, but he could not find time to visit because he had too much work to do, and even when he visited Onsong to guide the construction of the Wangjaesan Revolutionary Site, he could not visit Hoeryong because he had no time, and that the whistle sounded while passing through Hoeryong was kept deep in his heart and it remained in a reminiscence.

In fact, although Hoeryong, which he had longed for so much, was within earshot, Chairman made the train go straight to the construction site of the Wangjaesan Revolutionary Site, saying that the young builders would wait for him and he could not visit unless he relieved President Kim Il Sung of his cares. Therefore, the Hoeryong people, who had gathered with a bouquet in their hands, ran along the road following the special train, calling out for him and sobbing.

Looking back on the memory of the day, Chairman said that when Kim Jong Suk crossed the Tuman River with her parents, the sorrow of the homeless people was mirrored on its waves, and then the Tuman River was a river of grudge and tears of blood. He said that the Tuman River, which was a river of resentment in the past, became a river of struggle and hope when President Kim Il Sung waged the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle and now it became a river of paradise and happiness.

He continued; today we are going to Russia with the honour and dignity of Kim Il Sung's Korea; the fluttering stream of the Tuman River seems to wish us success in our visit to Russia.

An official told the Chairman that he thought his instruction on the history of the Tuman River was a philosophy.

Supporting the official's immature view, the Chairman said that the Tuman River gives us a profound philosophy. He said that it is because, no matter how long history the river has and how deeply rooted the soul of the nation is, whether it is a river of paradise and happiness or a river of grudge and tears of blood is decided, depending on whether the nation is led by the great leader or not.

He earnestly instructed to step up the building of a powerful socialist country in order to prevent the bitter life of the past from being repeated.

Indeed, the chairman was a great revolutionary, outstanding general and peerless patriot who made great exploits for the future of the country with the far-sighted intelligence.