BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Over 50, 000 soldiers and civilians have rallied in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung stadium for a commemoration for DPRK’s founder Kim Il Sung.
The event was part of a series of events leading up to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, which will culminate in a major parade on Sunday.
Earlier the DPRK named Kim Jong-un as "First Chairman" of the ruling National Defense Commission. He also holds the titles of first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army and supreme leader of the party and people of the DPRK.
These activities come one day after the country’s rocket failure. The 90-ton Unha-3 rocket carrying the DPRK’s satellite broke into some 20 pieces and fell into the sea within two minutes of take-off.
The debris has landed in waters some 200 kilometres off South Korea’s western port city of Gunsan. The South Korean navy has deployed about 10 ships in search of debris. US Navy is also expected to join the search.