In North Korea, it is customary to bribe elites with gifts on key anniversaries, including the birthdays of late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-un, to secure loyalty to the Kim dynasty. Photo: Reuters

Kim Jong-un gives party officials South Korean cosmetics as New Year gifts: report

  • The North Korean leader has given out 1,000 sets despite an official ban on products from the South
  • Such cosmetics are much more popular in the hermit kingdom than similar items produced locally or imported from China
Topic |   Korean peninsula

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In North Korea, it is customary to bribe elites with gifts on key anniversaries, including the birthdays of late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-un, to secure loyalty to the Kim dynasty. Photo: Reuters
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