Song of General Kim Jong-il

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Song of General Kim Jong-il
Chosŏn'gŭl 김정일장군의 노래
Hancha 金正日將軍의 노래
Revised Romanization Gim Jeong-il Janggun ui Norae
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chŏng-il Changgun ŭi Norae

"The Song of General Kim Jong-il" is a marching song from North Korea. The song praises former leader, Kim Jong-il, as a part of his aura of superiority. During the presidency of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il helped to run his father's own personality cult, composing songs and writing books. One such famous song was "Song of General Kim Il-sung", which is usually played wherever possible. At the death of his father, Kim Jong-il had his own cult. Although the Song of General Kim Jong-il is not as widely popular as the Song of General Kim Il-sung (nor was his cult as large as his father's), it is also played regularly in North Korea.

The song is played by the North Korean state television at the start of broadcasts each day. It was also played after the telecast of Kim Jong-il's memorial service on December 29, 2011. Pyeongyang FM Broadcasting also plays a chime version of the first two lines of the song as its interval signal at the start of broadcasts.

According to North Korean sources, their satellite Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2, supposedly launched in a test on 5 April 2009, is broadcasting this song amongst other data.[1]

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  1. ^ "Defiant N Korea launches rocket". BBC News. 5 April 2009. 

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