World Kim Jong Un's purported birthday is no holiday in North Korea

03:51  06 january  2018
03:51  06 january  2018 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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Kim Jong-un standing in front of a snow covered mountain: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as Kim climbed Mt. Paektu, Ryanggang Province, North Korea. © AP North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as Kim climbed Mt. Paektu, Ryanggang Province, North Korea.

Birthday wishes may be in order for North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as he purportedly turns 34 on Monday. But his reclusive nation has no plans to celebrate the date with a public holiday. 

As the BBC points out, new year calendars recently published in the North make no mention of Kim, who's birthday is widely believed to be Jan. 8, though his government has never confirmed that. 

The birthday of his father and previous "Supreme Leader," Kim Jong Il, is celebrated on Feb. 16 each year with a national holiday called the "Day of the Shining Star." And the birthday of his grandfather and North Korean state founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15 is hailed as the "Day of the Sun." Both of these holidays were established when the leaders were alive.

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Both of these national holidays were established while the Kim ancestors were still alive, but it is unknown why North Korea has still not publicly confirmed Kim Jong - un ' s birthday or marked the day as It purports to do this by "using sunlight that passes through the hole on the right side of its face".

Image caption Kim Jong - un ’ s birthday is just another day in North Korea . It purports to do this by “using sunlight that passes through the hole on the right side of its face”.

Like many aspects about the secretive nation, it is not known why North Korea does not celebrate Kim's birthday.

An unnamed source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK that Kim's birthday was not included in the 2018 calendar, produced and published by North Korea's Foreign Languages Publishing House, because perception of the leader at this time is not positive. 

The source told Daily NK, an online newspaper based in South Korea that focuses on the North, that international sanctions imposed in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests have caused hardships for workers who fear the loss of their jobs and public opinion of Kim has dropped to a new low. 

Few confirmed biographical details exist about North Korea's current "Supreme Leader," who took over in 2011 after his father's death. Much of what is known about Kim comes from accounts by teachers and students who knew him when he studied in Europe as a child. Some accounts say he was born in 1984, others a year earlier.

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" Kim Jong Un may think he can just hold back from public birthday celebrations for a while." Ahn Chan-il, a former North Korean military official who defected to the South in 1979, said: "There are still many elders in Reuters Kim Jong Un Kim Jong Un Birthday Kim Jong Un Age North Korea .

Kim Jong Un again declined to designate his birthday (Jan. 8) as a national holiday in North Korea , and the day passed without significant announcements or public events for the occasion.

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Monday likely will be a typical working day for North Koreans as Kim engages in an unprecedented war of words with President Trump.

The latest exchange involved an attempt by Trump to one-up Kim, who boasted in a New Year's Day address that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk. Trump tweeted Tuesday night: "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" 

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The controversial leaders have traded other barbs for months.Trump has referred to Kim as "little rocket man," "short and fat" and a "madman," and threatened to wipe Kim and his country off the face of the earth if they attack the United States or its allies.  

Kim has responded in kind, calling Trump a "mentally deranged dotard (senile person)," saying he deserved the death penalty, and vowing to annihilate the U.S. if it attacks North Korea.  

The only example of Kim being honored in public on his birthday was in 2014, when former NBA star Dennis Rodman sang Happy Birthday to him before an exhibition basketball game in the capital, Pyongyang. 


Kim Jong Un Makes First Public Outing of 2018 .
The North Korean leader spent his birthday out of public view.Kim visited the academy's museum and praised its history and "scientific research achievements," according to an article in the ruling party-controlled newspaper Rodong Sinmun published on Thursday. The article did not explicitly mention the institute's role in North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

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