North Korea announced Thursday that Kim Jong Un is now the supreme leader of the communist country.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered Thursday morning in the capital city of Pyongyang for the national memorial service to Un's dictator father, Kim Jong Il, who died on Dec. 17 at the age of 69.
With top party and military officials standing beside him, Un, who has been dubbed North Korea's "Great Successor," watched the proceedings from a balcony at the Grand People's Study House overlooking Kim Il Sung Square.
The country's ceremonial head of state told the sea of people that the son inherited his father's virtues.
"The fact that he completely resolved the succession matter is Great Comrade Kim Jong Il's most noble achievement," Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, told the massive audience at the square.
"Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un is our party, military and country's supreme leader who inherits great comrade Kim Jong Il's ideology, leadership, character, virtues, grit and courage," said Kim.
The country's official mourning period for its ruthless dictator ended Thursday.