Kim Jong-un (front, centre) has marked the birthday of his late father with a 'high tribute' at the family mausoleum in Pyongyang alongside high-ranking officials

Kim Jong-un marks birthday of father with ‘high tribute’

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Kim Jong-un has marked the birthday of his late father with a ‘high tribute’ at the family mausoleum.

The North Korean dictator arrived with a number of his top officials for the ceremony to remember former leader Kim Jong-il at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in the capital Pyongyang.

State news stated.he ‘entered the hall of immortality’ and ‘paid a deep homage and made a bow’ at the palace, which is also the mausoleum for the hermit state’s founder, Kim Il-sun. 

As stated by South Korea’s Yonhap news one photo of high-rank party officials shows a reappearance of Hwang Pyong-so, who was expelled from Kim’s inner circle for his ‘impure attitude’.

Kim Jong-un (front, centre) has marked the birthday of his late father with a 'high tribute' at the family mausoleum in Pyongyang alongside high-ranking officials

Kim Jong-un (front, centre) has marked the birthday of his late father with a 'high tribute' at the family mausoleum in Pyongyang alongside high-ranking officials

Kim Jong-un (front, centre) has marked the birthday of his late father with a ‘high tribute’ at the family mausoleum in Pyongyang alongside high-ranking officials

As stated by South Korea's Yonhap news one photo of high-rank party officials shows a reappearance of Hwang Pyong-so (circled), who was expelled from Kim's inner circle for his 'impure attitude'

As stated by South Korea's Yonhap news one photo of high-rank party officials shows a reappearance of Hwang Pyong-so (circled), who was expelled from Kim's inner circle for his 'impure attitude'

As stated by South Korea’s Yonhap news one photo of high-rank party officials shows a reappearance of Hwang Pyong-so (circled), who was expelled from Kim’s inner circle for his ‘impure attitude’

A Seoul official stated.that given his position in the photo, Hwang seems to have been reinstated as a vice-director level official for the party.

Kim’s former confidante vanished as part of a purge of senior military figures last year during a bid by the dictator to reduce the influence of the army.

Hwang, the head of the military’s powerful General Political Bureau, was once seen as the second-most powerful man in the secretive country.

But prior to today, he was last seen in public in early October at a gymnastics gala sparking fears he may no longer be alive.

State news stated.Kim 'entered the hall of immortality' and 'paid a deep homage and made a bow' at the palace, which is also the mausoleum for the hermit state's founder, Kim Il-sun

State news stated.Kim 'entered the hall of immortality' and 'paid a deep homage and made a bow' at the palace, which is also the mausoleum for the hermit state's founder, Kim Il-sun

State news stated.Kim ‘entered the hall of immortality’ and ‘paid a deep homage and made a bow’ at the palace, which is also the mausoleum for the hermit state’s founder, Kim Il-sun

Kim Jong-un (right) has marked the 76th anniversary of his father Kim Jong-Il (left) at a ceremony in Pyongyang

Kim Jong-un (right) has marked the 76th anniversary of his father Kim Jong-Il (left) at a ceremony in Pyongyang

Kim Jong-un (right) has marked the 76th anniversary of his father Kim Jong-Il (left) at a ceremony in Pyongyang

Since taking power in 2011, North Korea’s young leader has brutally removed anyone perceived as a potential challenge to his authority, including ordering the execution of family members.

Hwang was reportedly sentenced to a prison camp so he could undergo ‘ideological education’.

Today, on the 76th anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s birthday, the Rodong Sinmun North Korean newspaper lauded the late dictator’s role in bolstering the country’s military power.

‘The republic’s victory of building a state nuclear force is part of (Kim Jong-il’s) revolutionary accomplishment,’ the newspaper stated.in a column. 

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