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  • Guaranda mayor says Kim is the “defender of peace in the Korean Peninsula."

    Guaranda mayor says Kim is the “defender of peace in the Korean Peninsula." | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 19 August 2018

North Korea's Independence Day or Day of the Foundation of the Republic is celebrated on September 9, also known as 9/9.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was made an honorary citizen by Ecuadorean city Guaranda, the state media has reported. The city – also known as San Pedro de Guaranda – is located about 220 kilometers south of capital Quito.

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Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reportedly received a message from the city's mayor informing the state that Kim was being recognized to mark the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea.

“All the Guarandeños consider it the greatest honor” to have the North Korean leader as an honorary citizen, Mayor Ramsses Torres Espinosa conveyed Friday, according to KCNA. The Ecuadorean official also added that Kim was considered a “defender of peace in the Korean Peninsula and in the world.”

In late July, an operation was observed at a site used by North Korea for the development of ballistic missile engines inferencing the start of the process of dismantling. Satellite images showed some activity at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, a building used to assemble space-launch vehicles. Kim also held talks with U.S. President Donald Trump as well as attended multiple meetings with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in.

North Korea's Independence Day or Day of the Foundation of the Republic is celebrated on September 9, also known as 9/9.


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