Posted October. 11, 2010 11:28,
The heir apparent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il attended Sunday a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the Norths ruling Workers Party in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong Uns appearance is interpreted as a visual declaration of his designation as successor.
At 10 a.m., North Korean media aired live a military parade at Pyongyangs Kim Il Sung Square. A South Korean official said this was the first time for North Korean media to provide live coverage of an event attended by Kim Jong Il.
Some 80 members of foreign media are said to have covered the parade live at Pyongyangs invitation.
On the reviewing stand, Kim Jong Un sat next to Ri Yong Ho, chief of the general staff of the North Korean military, on the left of Kim Jong Il. On the junior Kims left was Korean Peoples Army Minister Kim Yong Chun, Korean Peoples Army Marshal Ri Ul Sol, National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Ri Yong Mu, Peoples Security Minister Ju Sang Song, and National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Jang Sung Taek, who is also Kim Jong Ils brother-in-law.
To the North Korean leaders right was Zhou Yongkang, a senior leader of the Chinese Community Party, the Norths titular leader and parliamentary chief Kim Yong Nam, Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, senior Workers Party leader Kim Chol Man, and Kim Jong Ils younger sister Kim Kyong Hui.
North Korean TV showed missile-mounted vehicles, tanks and other armored vehicles but did not show the types of weapons. An official in Seoul said missiles and tanks had been shown at anniversary events of the Korean Peoples Army but this was the first time for them to appear at a celebration of the Workers Partys anniversary.