kim jong il portrait.jpgThe Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK )marked the 70th birthday of late leader, Kim Jong Il, also dubbed the ‘Day of The Shining Star’, with a mass military parade.
Reports from Pyongyang say a ceremony was held in the square outside Kumsusan Memorial Palace in the capital.

The army pledged loyalty to Mr Kim’s son and successor, Kim Jong Un.

The palace, where the former Korean leaders lie in state, was also renamed the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in honour of both Mr Kim and his father, the country’s founding leader, Kim Il Sung.