SEOUL, March 25 (BSS/AFP) - North Korea's new leader has visited the mausoleum of his late father and longtime ruler to pay respects, state media said Sunday, as the communist state prepares for a disputed rocket launch.
Kim Jong-Un observed a moment's silence at Kumsusan Palace
of the Sun and paid tribute to a portrait of Kim Jong-Il, the
official news agency said, adding senior military, government and
army cadres accompanied him.
Jong-Un was proclaimed leader of the impoverished but
nuclear-armed state after his father died of a heart attack on
December 17. He has been formally appointed commander-in-chief of
the 1.2 million-member military.
The North has drawn widespread condemnation since it
announced this month a plan to launch a rocket between April 12
and 16 to put a satellite into orbit.
Pyongyang has said the launch is a peaceful project
celebrating the centenary of the birth of founding president Kim
Il-Sung, late grandfather of the current leader.
The plan has been condemned by the United States, South
Korea and other nations as a pretext for a long-range missile
test banned by the United Nations.