N.Korean Propaganda Hails Hereditary Dictatorship

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun daily on Tuesday hailed the hereditary transfer of power to current leader Kim Jong-un as former leader Kim Jong-il's greatest achievement.

Tuesday marked the anniversary of Kim senior's ascent to supreme commander in 1991.

The article is part of propaganda efforts to build up the personality cult surrounding Kim junior since the execution of former eminence grise Jang Song-taek, who is believed to have usurped some of the leader's powers.

Kim Jong-il "brilliantly consolidated the leadership succession to accomplish the revolutionary cause of juche [self-reliance] to the end," the daily said. The paper called this his "most precious achievement for the fatherland and the people."

The succession laid the "firm foundation for the defense of the fatherland," it added.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 26, 2013 10:38 KST