North Korean leader presides over memorial for father

North Korean leader presides over memorial for father

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un presided over a major remembrance ceremony Tuesday on the second anniversary of the death of his father and former leader Kim Jong-Il.

A live broadcast on state TV showed Kim entering an auditorium in Pyongyang packed with thousands of top military, party and government officials.

The meeting came days after the shock execution of Kim Jong-Un’s uncle and one-time political mentor, Jang Song-Thaek – a purge that raised questions about the stability of the current regime in Pyongyang.

The meeting began with a speech by North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-Nam.

“It has been two years since the great leader Kim Jong-Il, admired by all our people and soldiers... left us so suddenly,” Kim Yong-Nam said.

“All our people and soldiers have struggled and achieved victory for the past two years by holding our great leader (Kim Jong-Il) in high esteem,” he added.

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