The weather was miserable. It was difficult to open your eyes in the whirling blizzard, and the raging wind created snowdrifts that blocked the way.
His entourage tried to persuade him to turn back, saying that even if they managed to reach the summit they wouldn’t be able to enjoy the view on such a day.
However, he continued to lead the way, saying that the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters had walked such paths in the past, and that the bad weather made it a true Mt. Paektu expedition.
Finally he and his entourage reached the summit.
With arms akimbo, he looked into the blinding snowstorm.
At that moment, there was a sudden, thunderous sound as if the ice was breaking on Lake Chon, and the furious blizzard stopped blowing. The clouds, which were drifting just above the ridges, gradually moved to one side, the sun shone, and a majestic snowscape revealed itself, with the snow-covered mountain ridges glimmering.
His entourage exclaimed at this mysterious revelation. With a smile on his face, Kim Jong Il said it seemed that Mt. Paektu recognized its master.
A Dense Fog Shrouds Panmunjom
At dawn of one November day in 1996, Kim Jong Il arrived at Panmunjom, which lies on the Military Demarcation Line dividing the Korean peninsula into north and south.
It was remarkable that Kim Jong Il would go there, considering that a military stand-off between the DPRK and the United States had continued since the end of the Korean war in 1953 and that the US and south Korean forces committed frequent military provocations along the Military Demarcation Line.
As he and his entourage approached Panmunjom, a dense fog began to settle on the area.
The enemy always has its guns levelled at Panmunjom, yet while inspecting the area, he was at times no farther than 20-30 metres away from an enemy post. He stayed there for a long time, and all the while the dense fog held, enveloping him.
As he was leaving Panmunjom at the end of his inspection, the fog cleared all of a sudden.
The US and south Korean military authorities, when they later learned of his inspection, were struck dumb. A former Korean Armistice Commission Secretary of the UN Forces said to the delegates of the Korean People’s Army:
On the morning of November 27, when the news that your Supreme Commander had inspected Panmunjom was broadcast, my commander (commander of the US 8th Army) called me and reprimanded me, asking why I was ignorant of the fact even though I was in Panmunjom at the time. I said it was impossible to detect anything because of the dense fog. He could not say anything more. It seems your Supreme Commander used magic to summon the fog. It is very mysterious.