June 03, 2020

Kim Jong Un’s likely official portrait featured again at new event marking chairmanship
First-of-its-kind event may also signal nature of changes to State Affairs Commission made in April

Following speculation over the selection of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s official state portrait, a sign of the rise in his cult of personality to levels similar to his father and grandfather, an image recently featured in the mass games again appeared on state television on Friday.

The portrait appeared alone in the stage backdrop at an event marking the third anniversary of Kim’s taking up the position of chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) in late June 2016, a new position created in the days prior to replace the country’s previous highest decision-making body, the National Defense Commission.