North’s top brass pays tribute to Mandela


North Korea sent its condolences to South Africa on Saturday over the death of Nelson Mandela, praising his “struggle against racism and for democracy” in the country.

Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly, sent a message of sympathy to South African President Jacob Zuma, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

Kim expressed “profound condolences” to the South African people and Mandela’s family, it said.

The message marked North Korea’s first official reaction to the death of the anti-apartheid leader.

In his message, Kim said that “the feats performed by Nelson Mandela in the struggle against racism and for democracy in South Africa would always be remembered by the South African people and progressive mankind,” the agency reported.

Kim expressed hope that “the South African government and people would register successes in their efforts to build a new, prosperous society as desired by the deceased under the leadership of the president,” it said.