North Korean leader gifts watches bearing father's name to top brass

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 07:50 hrs

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has handed out wrist watches with the name of his dead father on them as awards to officials who carried out 'brilliant feats' for the country.

Footage shown on the communist country's state TV station showed soldiers, officials and scientists being presented with boxes containing the watches in a ceremony.

The awards took place in honour of the birthday of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, Sky News reports.

This day has been declared a national holiday known as the 'Day of the Shining Star'.

According to the State-run media, as part of the celebrations on Friday, Kim gave watches to people who were deemed to have done something extraordinary for the government.

The leader made sure service personnel, scientists, technicians and labour innovators who have performed "brilliant feats in defence of the country" were awarded watches.

It is the first time watches have been presented with the name of Kim Jong-Il on them.(ANI)

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