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article imageFirst public speech by Kim Jong-Un followed by rockets in the sky

By Anne Sewell     Apr 15, 2012 in World
Pyongyang - North Korea's new supreme leader made his first televised speech today, followed by rockets flaring over Pyongyang tonight, but this time it was in celebration and not a failed rocket test.
On Sunday a massive military parade was held in central Pyongyang's Kim ll-Sung Square, as part of the climax of several events in the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim ll-Sung, revered as North Korea's founding leader.
After the parade, Kim Jong-Un, North Korea's new supreme leader, made his first televised public speech, which is a major change from the style of his father and predecessor as North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-ll.
29-year-old Kim Jong-Un was dressed in a black Mao-style suit in the style that was popular with Kim Jong-Il, who died in December.
Looking confident and poised he gave a 20-minute address. He also offered his respects to his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the country's "Eternal President" and his late father Kim Jong-Il.
In his speech, Kim Jong-Un told the cheering crowds:
"I offer the purest respect and the greatest honor to great comrades Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il."
"I express my greetings to our compatriots in South Korea and across the world who dedicate themselves to reunification and the prosperity of the nations."
Firework display in Pyongyang  North Korea
 The Tower of the Juche Idea
Firework display in Pyongyang, North Korea "The Tower of the Juche Idea"
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"Let's go on for our final victory!" he said, apparently pointing his finger ahead to tens of thousands of troops taking part in the massive military parade.
The crowd repeatedly chanted "Mansei! [long life]".
When night fell in Pyongyang, a firework display was held. The sky above the Taedong River, which runs through the centre of Pyongyang, was a colorful delight.
The main firework event was a monument called "The Tower of the Juche Idea". The North Koreans say that Kim ll-Sung developed Juche as an ideology. Roughly translated into English, "Juche" means "self-reliance".
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