North Korea marks sixth anniversary of Kim Jong-Il's death


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pays tribute to his late father Kim Jong-il at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on December 17, 2017, the sixth anniversary of his death, in this photo released by the North's state media.

Though many world Communist leaders were displayed in various places, this is for the first time that a picture of the North Korean dictator is used.

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

"It represents the crystallization of the sweat and blood" of the current leadership, said Kim, who works at a think tank.

The enclaves's main official newspaper Rodong Sinmun ran an editorial on its front page praising Jong-il, saying his "behests and exploits have served as the driving force for achieving epoch-making miracles in defending socialism and building a thriving country".

Kim Jong-un has replaced leaders like Marx, Lenin and Stalin from the flex boards of CPM in Kerala.

Jong-il died on December 17, 2011 and in the past, Pyongyang has marked such commemorations with rocket tests and military drills.

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.

On Saturday, December 16, fears were further fuelled by comments made by Chinese government advisers who said China should mobilize resources in preparation for a possible war with the rogue state.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said war on the peninsula would be unacceptable and that a peaceful solution should be sought.

Shi Yinhong, an expert in worldwide relations, said today that China - once a key ally of North Korea - is rapidly losing control of the situation on the Korean peninsula.