Monday, April 16, 2012

North Korean leader's first public speech

The new leader addressed his nation and the world for the first time yesterday, vowing to place top priority on his impoverished country's military, which promptly unveiled a new long-range missile.
Kim Jong Un's speech was the culmination of two weeks of celebrations marking the centenary of the birth of his grandfather, national founder Kim Il Sung -- festivities that were marred by a failed launch Friday of a rocket that generated international condemnation and cost North Korea a food aid-for-nuclear-freeze deal with Washington.

The speech took the thousands in Kim Il Sung Square and around televisions across the country by surprise. His father, the late leader Kim Jong Il, addressed the public only once in his lifetime.
Read more: Newsday


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