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NKorea calls Kim Jong Un 'supreme leader'

 In this image made from KRT video, North Korean military personnel cry during a funeral for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in snowy Pyongyang,...
 In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong Un, foreground, Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, salutes as he walks next to his father's hearse...
 In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea,...
 Visitors stand to see the North Korean side at the Yalu River Broken Bridge, which was bombed in 1950's during the Korean War, in Dandong, China, on ...
 In this image made from KRT video, a huge portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is carried during his funeral procession in snowy Pyongyan...
 In this image made from KRT video, North Korean successor Kim Jong Un salutes as the funeral procession of late leader Kim Jong Il returned to the Ku...
 In this image made from KRT video, North Korean successor Kim Jong Un, front right, salutes as the funeral procession of late leader Kim Jong Il retu...
 In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong Un, center, Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, walks next to his father's hearse during a funeral ...
 In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, salutes as he walks next to his father's hearse during a fu...
 In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong Un, center, Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, salutes as he walks next to his father's hearse dur...
 In this image made from KRT video, North Korean military personnel take a moment of silence during a memorial service for late North Korean leader Ki...
 In this image made from KRT video, North Korea's next leader Kim Jong Un, 3rd left, and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, 4th left, bow their he...
 In this image made from KRT video, North Korea's next leader Kim Jong Un is seen during a memorial service for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, ...

APTOPIX North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, North Korean military personnel cry during a funeral for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in snowy Pyongyang,...

APTOPIX North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong Un, foreground, Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, salutes as he walks next to his father's hearse...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea,...

China Kim Jong Il

Visitors stand to see the North Korean side at the Yalu River Broken Bridge, which was bombed in 1950's during the Korean War, in Dandong, China, on ...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, a huge portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is carried during his funeral procession in snowy Pyongyan...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, North Korean successor Kim Jong Un salutes as the funeral procession of late leader Kim Jong Il returned to the Ku...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, North Korean successor Kim Jong Un, front right, salutes as the funeral procession of late leader Kim Jong Il retu...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong Un, center, Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, walks next to his father's hearse during a funeral ...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, salutes as he walks next to his father's hearse during a fu...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, Kim Jong Un, center, Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, salutes as he walks next to his father's hearse dur...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, North Korean military personnel take a moment of silence during a memorial service for late North Korean leader Ki...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, North Korea's next leader Kim Jong Un, 3rd left, and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, 4th left, bow their he...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, North Korea's next leader Kim Jong Un is seen during a memorial service for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, ...

Kim Jong Il's son and successor was declared "supreme leader" of North Korea's ruling party, military and the people during a memorial Thursday for his father in the first public endorsement of his leadership by the government.
Kim Jong Un, head bowed and somber in a dark overcoat, stood watching from a balcony at the Grand People's Study House overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, flanked by the top party and military officials and Kim Jong Il's younger sister.
Hundreds of thousands packed the square in central Pyongyang, filling the plaza from the Grand People's Study to the Taedong River for the second day of funeral ceremonies for the late leader.
Kim Jong Il, who led his 24 million people with absolute rule for 17 years, died of a heart attack Dec. 17 at age 69, according to state media. He had taken power following the 1994 death of his father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung.
Soon after Kim Jong Il's death, attention turned to his young son, who was revealed last year as his father's choice as successor.
Kim Jong Un, who is in his late 20s, serves as a vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party, but has been bestowed with a series of new titles in state media since his father's death: Great Successor, Supreme Leader and Sagacious Leader.
"Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un is our party and military's supreme leader who inherits great comrade Kim Jong Il's ideology, character and revolutionary" cause, Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and the ceremonial head of state, told the crowd Thursday. "The fact that he completely resolved the succession matter is great comrade Kim Jong Il's most noble achievement."
Kim Jong Un's leadership is not expected to become formal until top party, parliamentary and government representatives convene to confirm his ascension.
The events have been watched closely for signs to who will take power in the next era of leadership in the country founded by Kim Il Sung in 1948 and led since then by the Kim family.
On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of mourners had lined the streets as Kim Jong Il's hearse had made its way through the snowy streets in a 2 1/2-hour-long funeral procession.


Updated : 2021-04-17 12:40 GMT+08:00