North Korea’s new leader reaches out to youth

Kim Jong-un addresses 20,000 young people at start of week-long celebration of children’s organisation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made a rare address to the nation, speaking at an event that marked 66 years since the founding of a political organisation called the Korean Children’s Union.

It was only his second appearance since he succeeded his father and took power in December 2011.

In his speech, he addressed 20,000 youths brought together from across the country for the week-long celebration. State media described the event as “unprecedented”.

The address by Kim Jong-un, hailed as the Great Successor, indicates he might be more visible and vocal in public than his late father.

Al Jazeera’s Gerald Tan reports.

Source: Al Jazeera

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