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