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Kim Jong-un awarded 'global statesman' prize previously awarded to Gandhi

Siobhan Fenton

Published 02/08/2015 | 09:08

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Reuters/KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Reuters/KCNA

Kim Jong-un has been awarded a prize for global statesmanship.

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The North Korean dictator is to receive the award from the Bali-based Sukarno Centre. The news was announced by the daughter of Indonesia’s founding president, after whom the award is named.

Rachmawati Soekarnoputri said: “We will give the award to President Kim Jong-un because he has been consistent in carrying out the ideals of the great leader, Kim Il Sung, which is to fight imperialism.

“So this will be a sequel, where we give the award to Kim Jong-un for his persistence in fighting neo-colonialism.”

Other previous recipients of the award have included Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the North Korean dictator had ordered the execution of a man who runs a turtle farm. The man had apparently been criticised by Mr Kim for not looking after the turtles well enough. The farmer had retorted that this was due to issues with electricity, water and equipment - complaints which the politician dismissed as “nonsensical”.

The Daily NK reported that the man was shot shortly after the incident.

In June, the country was widely ridiculed when it announced it had invented a wonder drug capable of curing Aids, Ebola and cancer. The dictatorship is known for making outlandish claims about its own prowess. The state also claims that Kim Jong-il invented the hamburger and had magical powers which meant he did not need to use the toilet.

They claim that he was born atop a North Korean mountain prompting a double rainbow and new star to spontaneously appear. Unfortunately for the state, records show that he was born in Siberia.

A recent UN report revealed that around 10.2 million North Koreans are currently facing famine as the dictatorship experiences its “worst drought for over a hundred years.”

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