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North Korea remembers Kim II-Sung on 25th death anniversary

North Korea urged its people to build a powerful economy based on the principle of 'self-reliance' as the communist state marked the 25th anniversary of founding leader Kim Il-Sung's death.

Founding leader Kim Il Sung

People bow before the statues of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il as the country marks the 25th death anniversary of Kim Il-sung at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang.

Kim Il-sung, who founded North Korea in 1948, died of a heart attack in 1994, and his son, Kim Jong-il, took over as leader. Kim Jong-il also died of a heart attack in late 2011, and one of his sons, Kim Jong-un, succeeded him as a leader in the communist country's second hereditary succession of power.

 

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Display of affection

People lay flowers as they visit the statues of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong Il as the country marks the 25th death anniversary of Kim Il Sung at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang.

"Today's grand advance in economic development is (the continuation of) a sacred and rewarding struggle of our great leaders to realize their aspirations for a patriotic and powerful country," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the country's ruling party, said in an editorial.

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Korean People's Army

Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers wait to pay their respects before the statues of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

"Raising high the slogan for self-reliance and self-sufficiency and achieving a miraculous myth once again, we should demonstrate to the world the reviving status of the DPRK (North Korea) of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, " Rodong Sinmun added.

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Unforgettable tribute

People wait to pay their respects before the statues of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung.

The renewed emphasis on self-reliance appears aimed at consolidating social unity and urging its people to follow the party's new strategic line focusing more on economic development on the occasion of the anniversary of Kim Il-sung's death.

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Pitch for self-reliance

North Korea has made a pitch for self-reliance since the breakdown of leader Kim Jong-un's second summit with US President Donald Trump in February.

The summit ended without a deal as Trump and Kim failed to find common ground over the scope of Pyongyang's denuclearisation steps and Washington's sanctions relief.

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Nuclear talks

Nuclear talks have since been stalled, but Kim and Trump agreed to resume working-level dialogue within a few weeks after their recent surprise meeting at the inter-Korean border in DMZ.

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Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

Since taking office after his father's death in late 2011, Kim hasa visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun every year until 2017 on the anniversary of his late grandfather's death.

The North's media, however, did not report on his visit there last year.

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