N Korea military pledges loyalty to Kim Jong-un

N Korea military pledges loyalty to Kim Jong-un
North Korean People's Army soldiers take part in a rally to swear allegiance to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of the second death anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

Thousands of North Korean soldiers reaffirmed their loyalty to leader Kim Jong-un Monday on the eve of the second anniversary of the death of his father, former ruler Kim Jong-il.

The massive rally in front of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang was held in the wake of last week's shocking execution of the young leader's uncle Jang Song-thaek.

Top officials of the communist regime attended the event, including Choe Ryong-hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the (North) Korean People's Army.

"Let's hold great comrade Kim Jong-un in high esteem as the sole centre of unity and leadership," proclaimed a large banner which appeared on photos released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

Other attendees included Gen. Jang Jong-nam, minister of the People's Armed Forces, and Ri Yong-gil, chief of the general staff of the Korean People's Army.

The embalmed bodies of national founder Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il are on display in the Palace.

Jang Song-thaek, who was the husband of Kim Kyong-hui, the younger sister of Kim Jong-il, was executed on Thursday after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason.

During last year's memorial ceremony broadcast live by state media, Jang was seen three seats away from Kim Jong-un, highlighting his clout as vice chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission and the regime's second most powerful man.

Kim has since replaced a slew of other ranking officials, including the prime minister and chief of the general staff of the army.

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