All is temporarily "quiet" on the crazy Pyongyang front, and when you least expected it. After disappearing from the public eye for two weeks, America's favorite "artificial" head of state, Kim Jong-un, re-emerged at midnight Monday to celebrate the most important holiday in North Korea—albeit a scaled down version without any fireworks, figurative or otherwise.
Last we checked, Kim had not been seen out in the open for nearly two weeks, which struck even the closest Korea watchers as odd, considering the state media had been continuing on about targeting Tokyo and foreigners and more. There were whispers of a coup, and, not unlike like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who also enjoys his two-week private respites, there are obvious concerns about Kim's personal security.
But then he appeared, at midnight local time, to visit the final resting place of his embalmed grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, on what would have been his 101st birthday. And, as speculation would have had it, the so-called "Day of the Sun" could have been an excuse for a show of force, but the state-run Korean Central News Agency reports on a much more somber show of face:
Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to pay deep respects to the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at 00:00 on Monday, the Day of the Sun (birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung).
The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun is home to the
creepy embalmed bodies of Kim's father and grandfather. And to pay respect to them, Kim apparently had a couple floral baskets in tow, just to remind everyone how (over)preserved his relatives should be. KCNA adds:
Written on the ribbons of the floral baskets were the letters reading "The great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il will always be with us".
Kim Jong Un, with the participants, made a deep bow to the statues of the great Generalissimos.
North Korea's Day of the Sun is traditionally one of the Kim regime's favorite times to flex some international military muscle, showing the power it wields over its own people and, as the Kim regime would have it, over the ret of the world. The holiday is usually peppered with opulent dance performances and military parades in Pyongyang...