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North Korean Leader Calls For 'Final Victory'
North Korea's new leader has spoken publicly for the first time at a celebration marking the 100th birthday of his grandfather.
State TV showed Kim Jong-Un talking monotonously to tens of thousands gathered in Pyongyang's main square for meticulously choreographed festivities.
The twenty-something leader hailed the country's "revolutionary armed forces" and said: "Let us move forward to final victory."
"I offer the purest respect and the greatest honour to great comrades Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong Il," he added, referring to his grandfather and recently deceased father.
Footage showed the leader clad in black as he read his speech, rarely raising his eyes to look at his audience.
The speech was unexpected after many years of silence from his father when he presided over such events.
A major military parade was organised to mark the anniversary in the capital, with thousands of goose-stepping soldiers filmed carrying red flags.
The display comes two days after an embarrassing failed rocket launch by the country - an incident condemned by Washington and other world leaders as a covert test of long-range missile technology.
North Korea had claimed it was attempting to put a weather satellite into orbit.
US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, the current UN Security Council president, has refused to speculate on any sanctions against North Korea over the matter.
The launch, which violated council resolutions, led President Barack Obama to say he was deeply concerned, although he added: "They've been trying to launch missiles like this for over a decade now and they don't seem to be real good at it."
North Korea has a 1.2 million-strong military but many of its 23 million people are malnourished.
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what do you think?
final victory?? oo-er
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You have to feel sorry for Kim Jong-Un, brainwashed as a child and now expected to run the country as his Father & Grandfather did.....and you also have to ask...how much power does he really have? I suspect that now most of the decisions are made by his 'advisors'!! Time for him to wake up and stand up for himself methinks....(wishful thinking on my part)
he has been brain-washed as a child - mental as anything ww3 coming.
Item One of our discussion ... WILL ... focus upon the totally ridiculous early launches of rockets conducted by ... America's NASA and earlier organisations most of which ... failed just like a Korean missile. Item Two of our discussion will consider ... ? ... 24 million? ... Is that all? ... BRB ... Population of Japan? About 130 million? ... That's very similar to Britain. Let me jus' check summat 'ere ... North Korea has ancient fighter jets? South Korea has half as many but modern fighter jets? ... Can't someone give them a rock concert instead of a war? ...
Looks and sounds like he still is a child - well a puppet then! but who is pulling his strings? What is Final Victory after the dismal failure of the latest rocket - heaven help the world when they do finally get it right!!
Does he mean final victroy by starting the Korean war all over again?
I am shaking in my slippers...........