16 Feb 2012

Late leader declared generalissimo

5:11 am on 16 February 2012

North Korea has awarded the title of generalissimo to the late Kim Jong-il, on the eve of what would have been his 70th birthday.

It gives him the same rank as his father, Kim il-sung, the country's founding leader.

Six metre bronze statues of the two Kims were also unveiled in central Pyongyang.

A BBC correspondent says he reportedly shunned the idea of the bronze statue in his lifetime.

Pther tributes include a giant slogan carved into a mountainside, postage stamps, medals and gold and silver coins bearing Kim's image.

Kim Jong-il died on 17 December at the age of 69.