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NK leader visits mausoleum for late father, vows 'fight' for strong nation

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a Pyongyang mausoleum on the weekend to pay tribute to his late father, marking the sixth anniversary of his death, the nation's state media reported Monday.

North Korea watchers here had been curious about Kim's whereabouts on the North's "greatest national mourning day."

In the previous report released Sunday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) did not mention Kim Jong-un by his name in the list of top communist party officials who attended a ceremony held at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun earlier in the day.

The bodies of the leader's father Kim Jong-il and the country's founder Kim Il-sung are laid in state in the mausoleum.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pays tribute to his late father Kim Jong-il at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Dec. 17, 2017, the sixth anniversary of his death, in this photo released by the North's state media. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pays tribute to his late father Kim Jong-il at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Dec. 17, 2017, the sixth anniversary of his death, in this photo released by the North's state media. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pays tribute to his late father Kim Jong-il at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Dec. 17, 2017, the sixth anniversary of his death, in this photo released by the North's state media. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

The KCNA quoted Kim as saying during the visit there Sunday that he would "fight more unflinchingly" to make the North "independent in politics, self-supporting in the economy and self-reliant in defense."

The agency and the Rodong Shinmun, a newspaper published by the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, released a photo of Kim paying tribute and another showing a basket of flowers laid in front of the statues of Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung.

No entourage was seen. Kim has visited the mausoleum every death anniversary of his father, usually accompanied by a group of his aides. (Yonhap)

Kim Jung-mi  edt@koeapost.com

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