Kim Jong Un Makes Speech at Inauguration Ceremonyof Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station
Today, amid warm congratulations of all the service personnel and people, we are making public to the
whole world the inauguration of the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station.
Construction of the gigantic power station that demonstrates the indomitable mettle of the young
people in the Songun era, who follow our great Workers' Party of Korea, is a great event that adds
brilliance to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the glorious Party and promises a bright future of our
Here, at this power station construction site at the foot of Mt Paektu where a legendary tale of heroic
youth has been created, our trustworthy young people have built their grand monument shedding patriotic
sweat and blood in the spirit of death-defying implementation and raising an envy of the whole world, and
have thus fully lived up to the expectations of the Party Central Committee.
Answering with their burning hearts the Party's militant call to build the Paektusan Hero Youth Power
Station by the 70th anniversary of Party founding as befits a grand youth monument in the Songun era,
our young people have performed in this Paektu area feats of labour most brilliant in the history of the
youth movement of Korea.
Members of the Paektusan Hero Youth Shock Brigade, vanguard fighters of our Party, have
unsparingly devoted the strength and passion of their precious youth, building dams for several years in
these deep, rugged mountain valleys far away from the capital city of Pyongyang.
When even means of transport were frozen in intense cold, they transported building materials with
large and small sledges; the death-defying corps members bolstered up the railway bridges with their
bodies in the icy water of the Sodu. Everyone will bow to the revolutionary, self-sacrificing and patriotic
spirit they and other young people have displayed in building the power station.
In the course of building the dam of power station No. 1 our young people have grown up into heroes
of the times, into giant artists of creation, and proved in practice our Party's history of attaching
importance to young people.
The dam rising over there is the accumulation of the burning patriotism and loyalty cherished by our
young vanguard, and the height of the dam of power station No. 1 is the height of the dignity of our
country with heroic young people, a youthful power.
All the monumental structures built on this land carry the heroic feats of our young people, and many of
them are named in honour of them.
When I saw the proud shock brigade members working, I felt deeply grateful to them and I felt like
raising them high up in the sky with my arms.
Whenever our revolution faced trials and difficulties, those who buttressed my mind were the young
people who volunteered to start their career at the construction site of this power station and won the
diploma of the "youth university" after working with patriotic devotion in the Paektu area.
At the moment the problem of young people is the most knotty one in the hot and disputed areas of the
world, but our young people serve our Party as its spiritual buttress, as its solid cornerstone.
The Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station has been built in the situation worse than other construction
projects; when I think of the young people who have performed heroic feats in building it, I feel a soaring
indomitable will to carry out the revolution for the sake of them, the future of the country.
Sure enough, our Party is blessed with young people, the greatest of blessings.
The Party Central Committee highly appreciates our trustworthy young people, who have proved
through their painstaking efforts and self-sacrificing struggle that our Party's determination immediately
means a reality and materialization, and demonstrated to the whole world the might of the young
vanguard in the Songun era.
Availing myself of this meaningful opportunity, I extend to all the builders including the members of the
Paektusan Hero Youth Shock Brigade and the service personnel of the People's Army, who have
performed great feats of labour in the building of the power station, warm thanks and militant greetings in
the name of the Workers' Party of Korea and together with the blessing of General Kim Jong Il who
valued young people and gave prominence to them.
As I am attending this inauguration ceremony of the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station today, I feel
a yearning desire to see General Kim Jong Il. It seems to me that he is bestowing warm praise on us
from the faraway Kumsusan Palace of the Sun for our laudable deed.
The Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station is associated with his ardent love for young people who
represent the future of the country, a proud structure demonstrating the might of our Party's policy of
attaching importance to young people.
He was steadfast in his revolutionary faith that there is nothing in the world that we cannot achieve if
we enlist the strength of young people who are dependable successors to the revolution and the most
vigorous of social forces. As he trusted them so much, he charged the youth league with the entire project
of building the power station.
He said on several occasions that he could have the People's Army or the Cabinet take charge of the
project but he decided to entrust our young people with the whole of it, because the youth league is a
powerful combat unit that implements our Party's plans unconditionally and, more importantly, because
he intended to educate and train them in the course of carrying out the project.
He saw to it that the shock brigade was named in a meaningful way in reflection of the aspirations of
our young people who would faithfully support the Party's cause looking up to Mt Paektu, the sacred
mountain of revolution. He also resolved all the problems arising in building the power station, even
ordering a special plane to carry padded coats for the members of the shock brigade.
That the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station has been built as a grand monument by young people
to mark the 70th anniversary of Party founding, shows how sagacious the leadership of the great
Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and our Party has been in preparing them to be stalwart
successors to the revolution.
The fierce ten-odd-year struggle with nature has produced many young heroes of our era, the young
hard core, who are determined to death-defyingly defend the Party with revolutionary faith, sharing
destiny with its Central Committee.
As they have cultivated themselves mentally and physically with the clean water and air of Paektu and
tempered their courage and faith in the blizzards of Paektu, our young vanguard are the most dependable
successors to our Party and reliable pillars of our socialist country.
Under the Party's trust and affection this large contingent of warriors with a strong sense of
organization and discipline and enthusiasm for the revolution and struggle has been trained to carry
forward the revolutionary cause of Juche–this is a great victory that cannot be compared to obtaining
millions of kilowatts of electricity.
As we have such an army of young people, our Party is powerful and our country is widely recognized
as a youthful power without parallel in the world.
In the course of building the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station have been created the charging
spirit and culture of young people that are representative of the Songun era, which constitute a precious
asset for the promotion of the youth movement in our country.
When the ranks of young people across the country brim over with this spirit and culture, as pure as
the limpid water of Lake Chon and as straight as the larches on Paektu, the might of the youthful
Paektusan power will grow ever stronger.
The inauguration of the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station powerfully demonstrates to the whole
world the greatness of our Party that has provided a brilliant solution to the problem of education of young
people, the most difficult problem in the revolution and construction, and established a youthful power.
It is the unshakeable determination and will of our Party to put forward young people in the vanguard of
the ranks of the general onward march as masters of the times and help them put up the doorplate of a
thriving country before anybody else.
Now the Party Central Committee firmly believes in them as reliable comrades-in-arms, who will
advance shoulder to shoulder with it in the effort to shape a beautiful future of our country, our
Our Party, believing in the inexhaustible strength of millions of young people, has unfolded a bright
blueprint to beat the world, and they are duly in the central position in executing all the operations worked
out by the Party Central Committee.
The Party's leadership is the lifeline of the youth movement of Korea, and the might of the large
contingent of young people is guaranteed by the Party's leadership.
All the young people should always advance vigorously, straight forward following the Party with
unstained loyalty and conscience.
"Let us rush forward along the course of the Korean revolution sailing with the blizzards of
Paektu!"–this is a slogan of trust advanced by our Party. This militant slogan should be upheld
everywhere young people live and work.
The whole country will become astir when young people are in high spirits, and a prosperous future will
be brought earlier when their steps are faster.
Our great country making a leap forward with youthful vigour is calling our young people to theatres of
building a thriving nation where fresh feats are to be created.
When young, one should cherish a great ambition and enterprising spirit to present world-startling
research result or to work at the speed of a supersonic plane.
All young people should launch dynamic movements of youth shock brigade, young guards, youth
workteam and youth subworkteam at every theatre of the revolutionary struggle so as to make youthful
vigour pervade it.
A vigorous campaign should be waged across society to emulate the charging spirit of the young
people in the Songun era and their culture created in the Paektu area.
The Party's information network and mass media should give wide publicity to the ideological and
spiritual world, fighting mettle, assiduous work style and revolutionary optimism of the shock brigade
members, and make the whole country seethe with enthusiasm for learning from them.
Immovable is our Party's determination to ensure that cheers for the victory of building a thriving
country ring out first in the Paektu area where the Juche revolution originated and which is the spiritual
mainstay of our people.
The Paektusan Hero Youth Shock Brigade members and all other builders should harden their resolve
to build on their already-gained successes and make continuous offensive, continuous advance and
With firm belief in our heroic young people the Party Central Committee orders them to finish the
project of building Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station No. 3 unconditionally by next Youth Day.
And they should take the lead in speeding up the laying of broad-gauge railway lines between Hyesan
and Samjiyon, sprucing up Samjiyon County as befits the cradle of the Korean revolution and building
Ryanggang Province as a model unit for other provinces to follow in potato farming and all other
economic affairs and in improving the people's living standards.
Let us all dash forward towards a bright future, the Party Central Committee believing in young people and they believing in it on the worthwhile onward march to achieve the prosperity of our country, our motherland, a precious inheritance of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il associated with their lifelong struggle.
The painstaking efforts of patriotic loyalty made by the young people in the Paektu area will live for ever in the memory of our Party, our motherland and our people.
Glory to the young vanguard unfailingly loyal to our Party, masters of the dignified youthful Paektusan nation!