calendar>>February 20. 2014 Juche 103
Kim Jong Il's Exploits Lauded by Syrian Figure
Pyongyang, February 20 (KCNA) -- Saber Ballul, head of a department of the Political Faculty of the University of Damascus, issued a statement on February 13 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il.

He said:

Kim Jong Il was a prominent thinker and theoretician who glorified the Juche idea founded by President Kim Il Sung as a great guiding idea in the era of independence.

He was an invincible and iron-willed commander who turned the DPRK into an invincible socialist power which no one dares provoke and developed the Korean People's Army into a matchless powerful army, firmly defending the dignity of the country and its sovereignty by pursuing the Songun politics.

He was a benevolent father of the people, who closely rallied the whole people by pursuing the politics of love and trust and devoted his all to the happiness of the people.

He was a defender of socialism who demonstrated the scientific accuracy and truth of socialism and the inevitability of its victory by conducting energetic ideological and theoretical activities and smashed the imperialists' moves against socialism.

Immortal exploits he performed for the Korean revolution and the cause of global independence will be cherished in the hearts of the followers of the Juche idea and the progressive mankind for all ages.

The Korean people will surely emerge victorious in the struggle for defending the sovereignty of the country and building a thriving nation under the wise leadership of supreme leader Kim Jong Un who is successfully carrying forward the idea and cause of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

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