North Korea Marks 10th Anniversary Of Kim Jong Il’s Death

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People bow to pay their respects in front of a mosaic that shows a depiction of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, to mark the ten year anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the father of current leader Kim Jong Un, in Pyongyang on December 17, 2021.
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North Korea marked the 10th anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il on Friday with flags at half-mast and three minutes of silence.

Kim Jong Il ruled North Korea for 17 years until his death in December 2011, passing on power to his son Kim Jong Un.

At a square in Pyongyang, people marked the anniversary by bowing their heads in silence before portraits of Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea.

People were also seen bowing before a mosaic mural of the two Kims and leaving flowers at the base on a freezing day in the capital.

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North Korea’s tightly controlled state media on Friday ran editorials praising Kim Jong Il’s “revolutionary leadership” while urging people to remain devoted to his son.

“With respected leader Kim Jong Un at the centre, we must strengthen our party and revolutionary loyalty,” said Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party.

 

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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 15, 2018, shows people bowing as they pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang. When he inherited power in North Korea 10 years ago, Swiss-educated basketball fan Kim Jong Un seemed open to foreign ideas and market reforms but is increasingly shutting down outside influences as he enters his second decade in office.
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It further stressed that people should adhere “to the ideas and leadership” of Kim Jong Un.

Three generations of the Kim family have ruled the country since 1948.

Under their leadership, North Korea has acquired long-range missiles and nuclear weapons, but its state-led economy has been mismanaged and there are chronic food shortages.

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The country closed its borders last year to guard against the coronavirus but its economy has been badly hit by the self-imposed blockade — on top of the international sanctions over its weapons programmes.

Kim Jong Un has admitted there are hardships and warned people to prepare for the “worst-ever situation”.

-AFP