Kim Jong-un marks birthday by sending candy gifts to all North Korean kids

Kim Jong-un marks birthday by sending candy gifts to all North Korean kids London, Jan. 7 : North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent one kilogram of sweets to every child in the country to mark his birthday, carrying on a tradition started by his grandfather Kim Il-sung.

A radio report by the North Korean Central Broadcasting Station said that Kim had mobilized aircraft to ensure that every child in the country aged 10 or below received the candy gift in time.

According to the Telegraph, the giving of `birthday candy' was started in 1980 by Kim's grandfather and North Korea's founding leader Kim Il-sung.

Kim's father Kim Jong-il, who died in December 2011, continued the practice when he took over in 1994.

Kim Jong-un was born on January 8, although there is some confusion about the year, with various reports that it was 1982, 1983 or 1984.

Cho Bong-Hyun, an analyst at the IBK Economic Research Institute in Seoul, said that such gifts to children are aimed to project an image as a benevolent, caring leader as the North seeks to build up a personality cult around the young leader, the report added. (ANI)

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