North Korea rewarded Tuesday her late leader the highest title of Generalissimo as the country unveiled her first bronze sculpture of Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang, according to BBC News.
North Korea announced Wednesday Kim Jong-Il's statue was unveiled in a ceremony oversaw by top military and political officials, BBC News reported. The statue was part of North Korea's commemoration of her late leader's 70th anniversary on Thursday, AFP said. Lucy Williamson, the BBC's correspondent in Seoul, told BBC News the country was believed to have widespread celebrations on Thursday despite the uncertainty on the food storage problem in the country.
The official news agency in North Korea told AFP the title of Generalissimo of the DPRK (North Korea) was awarded to leader Kim Jong-Il, the same ranking given to his father and founding leader Kim Il-Sung. "Kim Jong-Il strengthened the Korean People's Army founded and led for Generalissimo Kim Il-Sung along the path of victory and glory," the news agency told AFP. Kim Jong-Il rejected the idea of the bronze statue when he was alive, Williamson told BBC News.
According to BBC News, there were series of commemorative items released since Kim Jong-Il died of a heart attack in December.