Why Kim Jong Il’s 80th birthday bash went off without much of a bang
North Korea may have refrained from new missile reveals or launches due to Winter Olympics and resource constraints
North Korea marked the milestone 80th birthday of former leader Kim Jong Il on Wednesday, but a combination of internal and external factors appears to have pushed the country to only hold low-key celebrations.
The DPRK usually puts particular emphasis on five and 10-year anniversaries, and in the weeks leading up to the occasion, there were signs that it could do the same for this year’s Day of the Shining Star: State media hyped up citizens, there were reports of jet flyovers and satellite imagery suggested preparations for another military parade.
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