Kim Jong-un's first public speech
- 16 April 2012
- From the section China
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:
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.