On this day in history: The death of Kim Jong Il

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

What was seen as curious was the depiction of Kim Jong Un, the nuclear weapons-loving leader of Communist North Korea, whose latest inter-continental ballistic missile has hugely upset the U.S. and has been vehemently denounced by the rest of the United Nations.

They say the deluded despot may shock the world and commemorate the demise of brutal Kim Jong-il with another controversial missile test.

The warning comes amid fears that Pyongyang could conduct a new missile test on December 17.

North Korea on Sunday marked the sixth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il with no major event, but repeated a call to pledge the same fierce allegiance to his son and the current government.

On numerous dates during the year, citizens are expected to visit statues of the pair to leave flowers, while portraits hang in every home.

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC has warned a test is likely to take place. The test reportedly failed but an operational Hwasong-15 is believed to have a range of over 13,000 kilometers and could reach the U.S. mainland.

As for Kim Jong-un, KCNA only said, "Seen before the statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Mansu Hill here was a basket of flowers from respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un".

Ahead of North Korea's founding anniversary, he said: "I think another ICBM test to be honest with you could come on September 9".

It also said North Koreans must continue to strive to achieve the grand blueprint for national prosperity laid out by Kim Jong Il by "single-mindedly uniting around" the current leader.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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