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North Korea vows no change despite new leadership

 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, 2nd right, and Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme Peop...
 In this image made from KRT video, North Koreans take a moment of silence during a memorial service for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyon...
 In this image made from KRT video, North Koreans bow as they take a moment of silence during a memorial service for late North Korean leader Kim Jong...
 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, ...
 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, ...

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, 2nd right, and Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme Peop...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, North Koreans take a moment of silence during a memorial service for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyon...

North Korea Kim Jong Il The Funeral

In this image made from KRT video, North Koreans bow as they take a moment of silence during a memorial service for late North Korean leader Kim Jong...

APTOPIX 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, ...

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, ...

North Korea warned rival South Korea and the rest of the world Friday not to expect any change after Kim Jong Il's death, sending a clear message of continuity by also calling his son and heir "Great Leader" for the first time.
North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission said that the country would never deal with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, a conservative who stopped a no-strings-attached aid policy toward the North in 2008, and that it would unite around new leader Kim Jong Un.
The stern message also said North Korea was "uniting around Great Leader comrade Kim Jong Un." The title was one of the ways North Korea strengthened the personality cult surrounding Kim Jong Il. The term was also used for Kim Il Sung, the country's revered fonder and the grandfather of Kim Jong Un.
The statement came a day after North Korea ended official mourning for Kim Jong Il and declared Kim Jong Un supreme leader of the ruling party and military at a massive public memorial for the elder Kim. The top levels of government have unified around Kim Jong Un, who is in late 20s, in the wake of Kim Jong Il's death Dec. 17.
"We declare solemnly and confidently that the foolish politicians around the world, including the puppet group in South Korea, should not expect any change from us," the National Defense Commission said in a statement. "We will never deal with the traitor group of Lee Myung-bak."


Updated : 2021-06-15 11:02 GMT+08:00