North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un speaks in public for the first time on Kim Il Sung’s 100th birthday

By on Apr 15, 2012 in Asia, International, Politics Comments

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un spoke in front of the public for the first time on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Pyongyang, marking the celebration of the 100th birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, the country’s founder.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un, speaking in
public for the first time (April 15, 2012)

Image Credit: Reuters TV video

According to international news sites on Saturday, April 14, 2012, North Korea state TV showed Kim Jong-Un appearing on Sunday morning (April 15, local time) before tens of thousands of spectators and read his speech.

As noted in the reports, Kim Jong-Un praised the achievement of his grandfather and is late father Kim Jong Il, who passed away last December at the age of 69, whom he succeeded as the nation’s leader.

“I offer the purest respect and the greatest honor to great comrades Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong Il,” the young North Korean leader was quoted in a translation by Sky News, along with the unveil of the statues of the two late leaders.

Apparently, the event happened two days after the failed North Korea rocket launch, which was strongly opposed by other countries including the US, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Philippines, among others.

As reported earlier, North Korea claimed that the Unha-3 rocket will carry satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, and even invited space experts and journalists to watch the launch, emphasizing that it is only for weather monitoring purposes and no nuclear test will be done.

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