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Speech 'boosts confidence'

[ 2012-04-16 10:35] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's leader Kim Jong-un made his first televised speech on Sunday in a gesture that analysts said showcased "the confidence of the new leadership".

He spoke as the country held its largest military parade to mark the centenary of the birth of its founder Kim Il-sung, Jong-un's grandfather.

A large new missile, what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile according to media reports, was the highlight of the parade.

Dressed in a dark suit, Kim Jong-un appeared confident and calm as he read from notes from a viewing stand overlooking tens of thousands of troops taking part in the massive parade in Pyongyang's main square.

Analysts said the rare public speech by a DPRK leader and the military parade aimed to boost confidence among people in the DPRK and cement the new leadership led by the young Kim.

During the 20-minute speech, he lauded his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, and his father, Kim Jong-il, as the "founder and the builder of our revolutionary armed forces".

He also made it clear that the military will continue to have a dominant role in the country, following the "military first" policy, as it had under his father.

Kim, in his late 20s, became leader of the country with a population of 23 million after the death of former leader Kim Jong-il in December.

The speech itself was a surprise to many in the DPRK.

The late leader Kim Jong-il seldom spoke when he presided over similar events, and it is also the first time Kim spoke publicly.

Kim then watched as row upon row of infantry marched past, saluting him.

They were followed by tanks, heavy artillery and a wide array of increasingly large truck-mounted missiles.

Kim smiled and chatted, occasionally, with high-ranking officials standing next to him.

Five fighter jets, trailing plumes of colored smoke, flew over.

The young Kim was officially named first secretary of the ruling Workers' Party and first chairman of the National Defense Commission last week.

According to the Associated Press, during the military parade the DPRK unveiled what appeared to be a new missile.

Military analysts in Japan and the Republic of Korea said further examination would be required before confirming if it was an intercontinental ballistic missile that the DPRK has reportedly been working on for some time.

(中国日报网英语点津 Julie 编辑)

Speech 'boosts confidence'

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Speech 'boosts confidence'

Emily Cheng is an editor at China Daily. She was born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Media, English Literature and Politics. She has worked in the media industry since starting university and this is the third time she has settled abroad - she interned with a magazine in Hong Kong 2007 and studied at the University of Leeds in 2009.