Kim Jong-un's first public speech


North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, has spoken in public for the first time since assuming power late last year.

Kim Jong-un, who inherited his position from his father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung, vowed to maintain his country's military might during a speech at a huge military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.

He spoke as North Korea marked the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Kim Il-sung. Here's my report:

Kim Jong-un gives his first public speech at the rally

A day earlier, some 70,000 people gathered for a rally at the Kim Il-sung stadium as part of the commemorations. It was also a mass show of loyalty, especially from the military, for the new Supreme Leader.

The rally took place the day after the failure of a high-profile rocket launch that North Korea claimed was for its space programme. Critics have said it was a cover for testing long-range missile technology.

The Pyongyang rally was part of the celebrations for Kim Il-sung

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    Comment number 24.

    Probably the most sinister world leader today.

    The West tends to indulge him as a kind of Billy Bunter figure, rotund and amusing. But make no mistake- he heads a regime that tortures, murders and starves dissidents, and generally treats humans like ants. More Pol Pot than Billy Bunter.

    The Greeks would have called this regime a "kakocracy"- rule by the worst citizens. Eric Voeglin used to tell us that governments like this are run by a "rabble", albeit an educated & wealthy rabble.

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    Comment number 23.

    Boys and girls at their teens are sent to military academies to be indoctrinated to become NK's elites in the military machine that keeps Kim and his cohorts in power.These are walking robots. That is how Kim retains absolute control and loyalty. If you are not part of the machine, you will be in the gulag. Simple, la.

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    Comment number 22.

    Kim Young-un somehow reminds me of Prince Charles many years ago. I wonder why. All they need do to ice the cake is to test a nuclear device tthat fizzles instead of explodes. China and Russia will never agree to force regime change in N Korea.The last thing China wants is an even stronger Korea closely allied with the US.Besides, they have their own skeletons in their closets. When we talk about regime change in N Korea and Iran we won't be talking about it in Moscow and Beijing.

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    Comment number 21.

    Ding-Dong the Young will follow in the footsteps of his daddy Ding-Dong the ill

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    Comment number 20.

    10, it takes a special kind of ignorance, a particular degree of self delusion and a huge dollop of spoilt brat to remotely equate what is going on in NK, with anything in any democratic nation.
    If you don't like your President, you can vote him out, or stand yourself, no famine in the US - quite the opposite, universal political freedom. You can travel within and outside the US. But I wonder if you've ever even crossed your own state line. Do you have any idea of how foolish you seem? Quite apart from the bad taste of mixing your petty little moans and resentments against real suffering.


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