North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is celebrating his birthday on Saturday, although the occasion was not reported by the media.
Kim’s actual age has never been determined, but South Korea’s Unification Ministry says he was born in 1984, which would make him 38.
His birthday was not designated as a national holiday on the country’s calendar, unlike the birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, who is considered the founder of the country, and the birthday of his father. , Kim Jong Il. Massive celebrations are always organized to mark their two birthdays.
The ruling Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Shinmun made no mention of Kim Jong Un’s birthday.
December 30 marked the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong Un’s accession to the rank of Supreme Commander of the North Korean military. He seems to have consolidated his grip on power over the past decade.
But there does not appear to have been any noticeable improvement in the lives of the North Korean people as the country’s economy remains weighed down by UN sanctions as the coronavirus pandemic has prompted the North to close its borders. .
According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, Kim Jong Il’s birthday was declared a national holiday when he turned 40.
Experts say North Korean officials are now carefully considering when to make Kim Jong Un’s birthday a national holiday in order to iconize their leader and strengthen his power base.