Kim Jong Il makes first appearance since nuke test

October 18, 2006 05:05

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il made his first known public appearance since the country conducted its nuclear test, attending a performance filled with songs praising him, the North's official media reported Wednesday. The exact date of the performance wasn't specified in the report by the official Korean Central News Agency. But Kim would most likely have attended the event on Tuesday evening, the eve of Wednesday's holiday marking the 80th anniversary of the Down with Imperialism Union, a group purportedly founded by Kim's father, the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. KCNA said the performers "sang high praises of the immortal exploits" of both Kims. The younger Kim "waved back to the enthusiastically cheering artistes and audience and congratulated them on their successful performance."

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