A high level North Korean source reported on February 21st that, for the first time, Kim Jong-un gave gifts under his own name to agents of the National Security Agency on February 15th, the day before Kim Jong-il's birthday. According to the source, the words “Kim Jong-un’s gift” were inscribed with gold leaf on the gift boxes.
While no gifts were given out on January 8th[Kim Jong-un’s birthday], it was confirmed that on Kim Jong-il's birthday, NSA agents received a red-colored statement that read “Kim Jong-un’s gifts” as well as three gift boxes.
According to the source, one of the gift boxes contained: 1kg of deer antlers, two 160g cans of 99% pure bear gallbladder powder, and bottle of liquor (Hennessy Napoleon Cognac), a 3kg turkey, and a men’s suit. The other two gift boxes contained a variety of foods (including persimmons). At the lowest estimate the gifts’ values were at least $1500.
The source emphasized that the gift boxes were only given to NSA agents and Security Ministry members. No government officials outside of security related agencies received any gifts from Kim Jong-un.
In the cases of nongovernment citizens, various gifts were given out to different organizations and companies. The gifts alaso differed based on what province, city or district recipients lived. In some cases only one bottle of liquor (a 500ml Soju $0.2) was supplied to each person.
In Pyongyang, middle school students received different gifts according to their respective grade levels, and only primary school students received the same gifts. This is a change from last year when both primary school and middle school students received the same gift.
Translation by Ruth Kim Supervised by Joel Henry Crume
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