May 28, 2023

Kim Jong Un appears to skip ceremony for father’s birthday for first time

State media says North Korean leader sent flower basket to Kim Jong Il’s shrine but doesn’t mention visit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to skip an annual visit to Kim Jong Il’s memorial on Thursday, the first time he has missed the ceremony marking his father’s birth anniversary.

Senior party and government officials including cabinet premier Kim Tok Hun, Choe Ryong Hae and Ri Pyong Chol paid their respects to North Korea’s two former leaders at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, the party daily Rodong Sinmun reported Friday.