N. Korea marks 65th anniversary

Oct. 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM

SEOUL, North Korea, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il oversaw the country's 65th communist anniversary Sunday along with his son, widely seen as his political heir.

Thousands of soldiers goose-stepped in parade in Seoul as the frail, stroke-crippled Kim Jong-il and his 27-year-old son, Kim Jong-un observed and saluted the troops, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.

The celebration marked the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party.

Kim Jong-il, 68, assumed leadership of the country following the death of his father and last month appointed his son to the military rank of four-star general. Sunday's joint father-son appearance was seen as an introduction to the country's future leader, a Los Angeles Times correspondent reported from Seoul.

North Korea is a security concern for Western countries. Under Jong-il's leadership, the military conducted atomic weapons tests in 2006 and 2009.

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