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N. Korean leader visits Kumsusan mausoleum

All Headlines 14:04 January 01, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited the mausoleum for his late father and grandfather in his first official activity of this year, according to Pyongyang's state news agency.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim paid tribute at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the occasion of the start of 2019.

Located on the outskirts of Pyongyang, the mausoleum commemorates Kim's late father, Kim Jong-il, and the North's founder, Kim Il-sung.

The North's state television also showed Kim, clad in a suit and necktie, paying homage there along with some other senior officials. His wife, Ri Sol-ju, was not seen.

The North's media did not specify the exact time of Kim's visit.

He has typically visited there at the start of a new year since seizing power in late 2011.

In his New Year's address, Kim reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization and to holding another meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. But he called on Washington to offer additional incentives, apparently including sanctions relief.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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