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GALLERY: North Korea unveils massive statues of former leaders

The statues of Kim Jong-Il and his father, Kim Il-Sung, are unveiled to mark the latter’s 100th birthday this weekend.

THOUGH THE FAILURE of a rocket launch cast a shadow over the event, North Koreans still turned out in force to see two giant statues of its two previous heads of state being unveiled.

Tens of thousands turned out in neatly-arranged rows to see the giant statues of Kim Il-Sung, the country’s founder and eternal president, and his son Kim Jong-Il, who died last December.

The unveiling formed part of the Workers Party of Korea’s celebrations to mark what would have been Il-Sung’s 100th birthday.

Earlier this week Jong-Il’s youngest son, Jong-Un, was named the party’s new First Secretary on Wednesday; Jong-Il remains its “eternal general secretary”.

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  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

  • North Korea unveils twin statues

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