No reports on NK leader's visit to mausoleum on anniversary of his father's death

By Yonhap
  • Published : Dec 17, 2017 - 18:07
  • Updated : Dec 17, 2017 - 18:07

North Korea marked the sixth anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-il on Sunday, but it has not been confirmed whether incumbent ruler Kim Jong-un visited the mausoleum where the embalmed body of his father lies in state.

Its state-run news agency KCNA reported 11 vice chairmen of the ruling Workers' Party paid tribute at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where Kim Jong-il and his father Kim Il-sung are enshrined, in Pyonggyang at midnight. 

Kim Jong-un visiting the family mausoleum Kumsusan Palace in 2014. (Yonhap)

As for Kim Jong-un, KCNA only said, "Seen before the statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Mansu Hill here was a basket of flowers from respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un."

It would be the first time that Kim has not attended the memorial service for his father since he died of a heart attack on Dec. 17, 2011, at age 69.

KCNA said crowds of government workers, citizens and foreign diplomats paid floral tribute at the statues and portraits of the deceased leaders.

The Rodong Shinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling party, hailed Kim Jong-il for "indicating the path of achieving the victory of socialism with his brilliant wisdom."

"The powerful political and military muscle built and cemented by him throughout his whole life is the best national power and the strongest weapon of socialist Korea," the newspaper said in its editorial. (Yonhap)