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N. Korean leader sends sweet birthday gift to kids

Published on Jan 7, 2013 2:59 PM
 
Mr Kim has sent one kilogramme of sweets to every child to mark his birthday on Tuesday, carrying on a tradition started by his grandfather, state media reported. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent one kilogramme of sweets to every child to mark his birthday on Tuesday, carrying on a tradition started by his grandfather, state media reported.

A radio report by the North Korean Central Broadcasting Station, monitored in Seoul on Monday, said Mr Kim had mobilised aircraft to ensure that each child in the country aged 10 and under received the candy gift in time.

Villagers in outlying islands "exploded with joy" at the confectionery airlift, the report said.

The giving of "birthday candy" was started in 1980 by Mr Kim's grandfather and North Korea's founding leader Kim Il Sung.

 
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