Kim Jong Un forced hundreds of people to stand in the cold to listen to a speech about his father
- North Korean officials gathered in Samjiyon to celebrate the Kim family’s dynasty.
- The event was timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong Il in 1942.
- Hundreds of participants prepared for the frost to listen to the performance
- According to some North Korean observers, communist state party officials were seen near wires that could have hidden heaters.
North Korean officials, including Kim Jong-un, braced for the cold to listen to a speech about the Kim family’s dictatorship over a secret country.
Hundreds of participants prepared for maximum temperatures of 5F (-15C) to attend a 30-minute speech marking the 80th birth anniversary of Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011.
According to NK News, the celebration took place on a street in the northern city of Samjiyon.
Hundreds of participants prepared for a maximum temperature of 5F (-15C) for the 30-minute performance.
North Korean spokesman Ri Il-hwan praised Kim Jong-il for challenging “US imperialists”, providing a “springboard” and leaving a “revolutionary legacy” to Kim Jong-un, state media reported.
The speech lasted about 30 minutes.
Colin Zwirko of NK News noticed a large bundle of wires running under the stage’s red carpet, which he speculated might have been heaters for the communist state’s elite, while attendees could be seen without gloves or headphones.
Colin Zvirko of NK News noticed a large bundle of wires running under the stage’s red carpet, which he speculated might have been heaters for the communist state’s elite.
North Korea claims that Kim Jong Il was born in Samjion in 1942, but Soviet records suggest he was actually born in eastern Russia.
The event, held on Tuesday, was part of a national gathering held for the first time since July 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
These events usually take place the day before major holidays, including the birthdays of former and current leaders.