North Korea celebrated the birthday of late ruler Kim Jong-Il Monday with mass fireworks, high-ranking military promotions and a rally by senior officials to pledge loyalty to current leader Kim Jong-Un.
A senior South Korean politician will visit North Korea for the third anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-Il`s death, the government said Monday, stressing that the trip was to give condolences and was not political.
A year before North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un came to power, a directive was issued for anyone sharing his name to change it -- maintaining a tradition upheld by the reclusive state`s ruling Kim dynasty, a report said.
North Korea has threatened a "merciless" strike against the South after activists burned effigies of the ruling Kim dynasty on the second anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-Il, officials said today.
Washington called for a united front against North Korea after the "ominous" execution of leader Kim Jong-Un`s uncle as South Korea put its forces on alert for any "provocations" from its nuclear-armed neighbour.