Kim Jong Un pays tribute to grandfather Kim Il Sung

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On Thursday, the North Korean leader Kim Il Sung paid his respects at the mausoleum for his grandfather Kim Jong Un to mark the birthday of the founder of the state, official media KCNA reported.

Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, also watched a performance of song and dance at the Kumsusan Palace of Sun in which his father and grandfather are in the state on Friday in celebration of the national holiday, reported KCNA on Friday.

When the performance was over, the audience again broke into stormy cheers for the General Secretary, it reported.

Kim's no-show at the anniversary of last year s fanned speculation about his health. A flurry of unconfirmed reports about his condition and his whereabouts followed, including reports that Kim was in grave danger after surgery.

Kim Yo Jong was accompanied by senior North Korean officials to the palace this year, including his sister Kim Kim, KCNA reported.

Earlier this month, South Korea said that it would not take part in the Tokyo Olympics due to Coronavirus concerns, dashing North Korea's hopes that the Games could be a catalyst for the restoration of peace talks. Read more on read.

North Korea says it has not had any coronavirus cases.

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