Rocket still centerpiece as NKoreans mourn Kim


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, arrives with other top leaders under a portrait of his late father Kim Jong Il as they attend a national meeting on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday. AP

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — North Korea’s top leadership is calling the successful launch of a satellite proof that Kim Jong Un has the strength to lead the country one year after his father’s death.

A solemn Kim Jong Un joined top political, government and military officials Sunday in a national memorial service at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.

The Associated Press was among a handful of foreign and local journalists allowed to cover the closed meeting, which marked the start of events marking Kim’s death. Armed soldiers ringed the streets outside.

Kim Jong Il died on Dec. 17, 2011. North Korea sent a long-range rocket into space in his honor Wednesday, defying international warnings that the launch would be considered a banned missile test.

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  • Nani

    No wonder the Americans doesn’t want other nations to have their sattelites in space. They want to monopolize technology and information.

    • buttones

      That’s not strictly true- there are hundreds if not thousands of satellites launched by foreign counties. The concern from many a country is the development of long range rockets that this boy just might stick a nuclear device on the end of it- he is not that keen on his very successful neighbor to the South for a start. And we must remember also the boy does not, like his father before him, demonstrate having rational thought, or in other words he’s one sandwich short of a picnic…his stairs don’t go all the way up to the attic etc etc etc.. I mean what is to be said of nation that claims it has found a unicorn lair, and executes people who ‘insult’ the boys father by bombing them with mortar fire?

  • Rommel Jason

    Si Kim Jong Il, ill advised sa fashion talaga, aba e mas mukha pang lalaki sa kanya sa ricky reyes. Manash!!!

  • Ed

    Kelan kaya maglalaunch ng sariling satellite rocket ang pilipinas?

    • blainz

      If we ever reach that point, I hope the rocket debris falls in North Korea, with a nice chunk clunking the noggin of Kimmie the Third.

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