North Korean leader makes first public speech
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||15 April 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, North Korean leader makes first public speech, 15 April 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f9e7c5428.html [accessed 22 July 2014]|
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April 15, 2012
North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un has delivered what North Korean state TV said was his first-ever public speech.
He addressed a large crowd that had gathered for celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the North Korean state and Kim Jong-un's grandfather.
The new North Korean leader offered "the purest respect and the greatest honor to great comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il," his father.
Kim Jong-Un also praised his grandfather and father as the "founder and builder of our revolutionary armed forces."
Kim Jong-un's speech lasted some 20 minutes and came after a massive military parade that ended in Kim Il-sung Square.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP