Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

N Koreans rally to back new leader

North Koreans gather in Pyongyang to voice their support for their country's policies and new leader Kim Jong Un (AP)
Thousands of North Koreans gather in Pyongyang to hold a mass rally in support for new leader Kim Jong Un (AP)

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Pyongyang to support North Korea's new leader as he consolidates power.

The huge crowd stood in snow-covered Kim Il Sung Square as senior North Korean officials clapped on a balcony above and urged the country to unite around the 20-something Kim Jong Un.

The rally came as Kim Jong Un takes power of the ruling party and military following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, last month.

It was not immediately clear if Kim Jong Un was at the rally.

People beat drums and carried large national flags as they paraded across the square. Some held placards calling for loyalty to Kim Jong Un and for efforts to improve the economy.

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