Pyongyang: North Korea’s chief Kim Jong-un made his first public look in three weeks on Sunday to participate in a ceremony marking what would have been the 78th birthday of his late father Kim Jong-il.
Kim paid tribute to his predecessor on the Kumsusan Palace of the Solar within the capital Pyongyang. After his loss of life, Kim Jong-il was made “Eternal General Secretary” of the secretive communist nation.
Kim Jong-un laid flowers earlier than the embalmed our bodies of his father and grandfather, Kim Il-sung, who based the Democratic Individuals’s Republic of Korea in 1948, Efe information reported.
Kim paid the “highest tributes” to his father. He was accompanied by a number of senior North Korean officers however the information company didn’t reveal the date of the occasion.
It did, nevertheless, publish pictures of the ceremony, which confirmed that Kim’s entourage was smaller than in earlier years.
On a number of events, the birthdays of North Korea’s former leaders have been celebrated with big public occasions and fireworks.
It was Kim’s first public look since January 25, an absence that has given rise to rumours that his withdrawal was linked to the outbreak of COVID-19 in neighbouring China.
North Korea has already closed its borders to tourism and requires any citizen getting back from China to enter into quarantine.
As of but, the so-called hermit kingdom has not reported any instances of the brand new coronavirus, which has killed over 1,600 individuals in China. The outbreak is concentrated across the metropolis of Wuhan in Hubei province.
Greater than 70,000 individuals have now been contaminated with the virus, the overwhelming majority of them in China.
Kim Jong-un, formally the Marshal of the Republic, inherited his position after his father’s loss of life in 2011.
Little is understood of the chief, who’s considered round 36 or 37.
North Korea has been a communist household dynasty since its founding and its border with South Korea, referred to as the Demilitarized Zone, is among the most closely guarded on the earth.