Kim Jong-un bans Christmas, forces people to worship his grandma

Kim Jong-un bans Christmas, forces people to worship his grandma
PHOTO: Reuters/ KCNA

As if things weren't already complicated enough in North Korea, its Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is urging his country's Christians to forget Jesus and instead commemorate his deceased grandmother.

The dictator's grandmother Kim Jong-suk was incidentally born on Christmas eve and is considered in the communist state as "the Sacred Mother of the Revolution" due to her contributions as anti-Japanese guerrilla and activist.

She was the wife of North Korea's first dictator, Kim Il Sung, and former leader Kim Jong Il's mother, states The New York Post.

Instead of the usual Christmas-related festivities, North Koreans celebrated the holidays by visiting Jong-suk's tomb, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1949.

The Kim dynasty: North Korea's secretive rulers

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    Following a successful missile test and the murder of his half-brother in Kuala Lumpur, North Korean leader Kim Jung Un has been thrust back into the headlines. Here's a look at the hermit state's ruling dynasty.

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    Known as "The Eternal President", Kim Il Sung established the North Korean dictatorship after World War II. With the help of the Soviets who installed him, he purged political enemies and laid the foundations for the regime we see today.

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    Kim Il Sung had three children; Kim Man Il, Kim Kyung Hee and his successor Kim Jong Il. Kim Jong Il ran the country after his father's death in 1994.

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    State media announced the death of "The Dear Leader" on December 19, 2011. He is thought to have had at least four female partners.

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    Kim Jong Il had an affair with actress Song Hye-rim, before marrying his first wife Kim Yong Suk (not pictured). The pair had a son, Kim Jong-nam.

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    Kim Jong-nam was raised in secrecy and tipped to take the North Korean crown after his father's death, but fell out of favor after being caught trying to travel to Disneyland. He was allegedly murdered in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 13, 2017.

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    Another one of Kim Jong Il's lovers. Ko Yong Hui was working as a dancer before becoming his partner and bore him two sons and a daughter. One of the sons is Kim Jong-Un, the country's current leader. She died in 2004.

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    The supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), lLittle is known for sure about Kim Jong Un. Even his birth date is uncertain but he is believed to be around 33 years old.

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    Before taking power, he had barely been seen in public, and many of the activities of both Kim and his government remain shrouded in secrecy.

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    The oldest son of Kim Jong Il but passed over for the top job by his younger brother Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Chul was initially seen as the successor but a book written by a chef to the family suggested he was viewed as too soft for the job.

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    Mystery also surrounds Kim Yo Chong, the younger sister of Kim Yong Un. Born in 1987, she reportedly attended the International School of Berne in Switzerland.

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    The International Business Times reported that in October 2014 she possibly took over state duties for her brother while he underwent medical treatment.

Jong-un's hatred of anything displaying religion and faith has been well-documented in the past, as evidenced by his meltdown in 2014, after news that South Korea planned to erect a huge Christmas tree along the border.

The tree, however, was never put up amid threats of an all-out-war from the Supreme Leader.

Despite Jong-un's displeasure towards nativity ornaments, a few Christmas trees can be found in the country's capital of Pyongyang-although completely devoid of religious symbols.

The city used to have the largest Catholic community in the country, up until authorities clamped down on all Christian activities in the early 1950s.

Earlier this week, the tyrant also reportedly gave his soldiers diarrhoea after feeding them with defective food.

North Korea president Kim Jong-Un happily inspecting things

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    North Korean leader Kim Jung Un supervises a demonstration of a new rocket engine for the geo-stationary satellite at the Sohae Space Center n this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 20, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jung Un supervises a demonstration of a new rocket engine for the geo-stationary satellite at the Sohae Space Center n this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 20, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the newly-built Medical Oxygen Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 15, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the newly-built Medical Oxygen Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 15, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Kosan Combined Fruit Farm in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 18, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) smiles as he guides a test fire of a new multiple launch rocket system in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 4, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under KPA Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 13, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under KPA Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 13, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under KPA Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 13, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a test-fire of strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 25, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a test-fire of strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 25, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance during a fire drill of ballistic rockets by Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 6, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance during a fire drill of ballistic rockets by Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 6, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under KPA Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 13, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under KPA Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 13, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the January 18 General Machine Plant in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 10, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Sunchon Chemical Complex in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 13, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 18, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 18, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a test-fire of strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 25, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a test-fire of strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 25, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Chollima Building Materials Complex, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), July 27, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the newly-built combined fishing-tackle factory under the Korean People's Army (KPA), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 30, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the newly-built combined fishing-tackle factory under the Korean People's Army (KPA), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 30, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the newly-built combined fishing-tackle factory under the Korean People's Army (KPA), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 30, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the newly-built combined fishing-tackle factory under the Korean People's Army (KPA), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 30, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the January 18 General Machine Plant in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 10, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps during a demonstration of a new large-caliber multiple rocket launching system at an unknown location, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 22, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an art performance staged by the amateur art groups of KPA units selected in the sixth round of the second-term art performance contest of KPA officers' wives in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on July 16, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to the drill for ballistic rocket fire of the Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on July 21, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a Fish Food Factory run by KPA Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), July 24, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a Fish Food Factory run by KPA Unit 810, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), July 24, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance at the Phyongsong Synthetic Leather Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 12, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to the Paektusan Architectural Institute in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 14, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at a rocket warhead tip after a simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a ballistic missile, at an unidentified location in this undated file photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 15, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a test launch of ground-to-ground medium long-range ballistic rocket Hwasong-10 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 23, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a test launch of ground-to-ground medium long-range ballistic rocket Hwasong-10 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 23, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a test launch of ground-to-ground medium long-range ballistic rocket Hwasong-10 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 23, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to Pyongyang Orphans' Secondary School in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 3, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Pyongyang Terrapin Farm in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 6, 2016.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Taedonggang Pig Farm in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 18, 2016.

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