Saturday, November 13, 2010

North Korean Kim Jong-un to be hung in public

North Korean households are currently required to hang portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong-il in their homes. Now, portraits of Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, are being being handed out to ingrain his visage into the minds of North Koreans.

U.S.-based Radio Free Asia reported yesterday that regional government and security officials had received portraits of Kim Jong-un, citing several sources in North Korea. The portraits are to be distributed to all North Korean citizens by the end of the year.

Said a source in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province: “The portrait distribution is being rushed because they are in a hurry to underpin the succession.” Anonymous sources also said that Kim Jong-il’s health was also in question - another reason for the rush to hand out portraits. 

According to sources, there are variations of Kim Jong-un’s portrait that are being handed out: a portrait of the son in a military suit is to be given to those in the military, while there are versions with Kim standing in an suit and another featuring the young successor examining documents. 

A source in Ryanggang Province said teams of regional officials had been formed to inspect the status of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong-il portraits in North Korean homes ahead of Kim Jong-un’s portrait distribution.


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