New NKorean leader speaks publicly for first time



PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has spoken publicly for the first time at a massive celebration marking the 100th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung.

Kim gave the speech praising his grandfather Sunday as tens of thousands gathered in Pyongyang’s main square for meticulously choreographed festivities that came two days after a failed rocket launch.

Washington and others say the launch was a covert test of long-range missile technology.