N Korean children chant song believed to hail Kim`s 3rd son
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 05, 2010, 15:49
Pyongyang: With a rare conference of North Korea's Workers' Party of Korea just around the corner, school children have been marching Pyongyang streets chanting a song believed to hail North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's third son and heir apparent Jong Un.

At the party conference, which will be held on an yet unknown date in early September, Kim Jong Un is expected to receive a key post, paving the way for him to eventually succeed his 68-year-old father as leader of North Korea.

Almost every morning and evening, several groups of junior high school students in uniforms march on streets near Pyongyang Station singing the song, known as "Footsteps," to promote the upcoming event and the 65th anniversary of the founding of the party on Oct 10.

They also sing a song for North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung and one for Kim Jong Il.

Similar scenes were witnessed last year when the country staged a 150-day campaign and a 100-day campaign to rebuild the economy. But schoolchildren apparently did not engage in such promotional activity earlier this year.

It will be the first time in 44 years that the party has convened a conference of delegates, which is equally important as a party congress. The party has not held a congress since 1980.


First Published: Sunday, September 05, 2010, 15:49

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