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Published: Wednesday April 16, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 16, 2014 MYT 7:37:49 AM

Loyalty pledge to mark Kim Il-Sung birthday

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un paid respects to his grandfather Kim Il-Sung as the country marked the birthday of its late founder with renewed calls for loyalty to the ruling Kim dynasty.

At the stroke of midnight, Kim Jong-Un, accompanied by top military leaders, visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang – the mausoleum holding the embalmed body of his grandfather, the North’s official KCNA news agency said.

The similarly preserved body of Kim’s father, Kim Jong-Il, whom he succeeded as leader in December 2011, is housed in the same building.

“Kim Jong-Un, together with other visitors, paid homage to Kim Il-Sung in the humblest reverence for him,” KCNA reported.

Kim Il-Sung died of a heart attack in 1994. His birthday is known as the Day of Sun in North Korea and is a major national holiday.

The centenary of his birth in 2012 was marked by a major military parade and Kim Jong-Un’s first public speech. — AFP

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