North Korea's Kim Jong-un makes rare New Year speech.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 - 19:21


The North Korean leader has delivered a New Year's message on state TV, the first such broadcast for 19 years.


Kim Jong-un, in power since 2011, spoke of the need to improve the economy and also to re-unify the Koreas, warning that confrontation only led to war.


The speech came less than a month after the conservative Park Geun-hye was elected president of South Korea.


In addition to Kim's televised address, New Year’s messages were issued in the form of a joint editorial by North Korea's 3main newspapers.