Kim Jong-Un Rings In New Year With Message Of Peace

Category: Politics / Jan 02, 2013 11:04AM EDT
North Korea's state-run television KRT on Wednesday (January 2) released video showing leader Kim Jong-un enjoying a New Year's concert with his wife Ri Sol-ju in Pyongyang. KRT said Kim and Ri welcomed the New Year at midnight on Monday (December 31) with guests including foreign ambassadors. Kim proposed toasts to the guests as the fireworks began. The couple then attended a concert entitled "following the Party to the End" by Moranbong Band. On Tuesday morning, KRT showed a rare New Year's message by Kim in which he called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas. The two countries are technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict. Kim's address appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year's editorial published in leading state newspapers. The New Year address was the first in 19 years by a North Korean leader after the death of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-un's grandfather. Kim's father Kim Jong-il rarely spoke in public and disclosed his national policy agenda in editorials in state newspapers. Kim Jong-un came to power in the North after his father Kim Jong-il died in 2011. -Reuters