January 25, 2021

North Korea marks Kim Jong Un leadership anniversary with low-key fare

National meeting not held for Kim's rise to "Chairman," likely due to wider changes initiated before the COVID-19 crisis

Correction on July 2, 11:45 KST: A previous version of the article said "no special programs on the anniversary aired in recent days," while in fact an eight-minute program aired on KCTV on June 29 celebrating the anniversary.

North Korea celebrated the fourth anniversary of Kim Jong Un becoming Chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) on Monday in a more subdued fashion than 2019’s pomp and circumstance.