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N. Korea's senior officials visit founder's mausoleum to mark 24th anniversary of his death

All Headlines 09:50 July 08, 2018

SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) -- Senior North Korean officials visited the Kumsusan Palace of Sun, the mausoleum of national founder Kim Il-sung, in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of his death, the country's state-run news media said Sunday.

Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, who hosted meetings with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday, was among the officials who paid the visit at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, according to a photo carried by the party's Rodong Sinmun newspaper and the Central News Agency (KCNA).

Other prominent officials included Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Supreme People's Assembly; Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the North's State Affairs Commission; and Pak Pong-ju, also vice chairman of the commission, the KCNA said.

"Senior officials of the party, government and army paid tribute to the statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il," the KCNA said.

A floral basket was also laid before the statues in the name of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the KCNA also said, without revealing whether the leader was also present at the commemoration event.

On the 23rd anniversary of the founder's death a year earlier, the incumbent leader paid a visit to the mausoleum and the KCNA carried the news.

Several North Korean news outlets published stories in tribute to the late North Korean hero, with the Rodong Sinmun carrying a column titled "Let us briskly follow the path of socialism the great supreme leader, comrade Kim Il-sung, opened up for us."

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