State media review: North Korea celebrates biggest holiday in subdued fashion
An in-depth analysis of founding leader’s birthday, suspicious financial aid and criticism of ROK response to US leaks
North Korea marked the 111th birthday of founder Kim Il Sung last Saturday with an array of celebratory events, including concerts and a missile test, though the overall scale of the festivities appeared relatively smaller this year.
Current leader Kim Jong Un attended a soccer match with his family and top officials for the holiday, according to state media. Foreign ambassadors to Pyongyang reportedly tributed flowers to the founding leader as well, while North Korean ambassadors in foreign countries attended celebrations.
State media also claimed that Kim Jong Un sent nearly $2 million worth of financial
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