It’s Kim Jong-un’s 34th birthday – but North Koreans are not celebrating

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is believed to be marking his 34th birthday on Monday, but without the expected fanfare of a leader known for his cult of personality and audacious public celebrations of missile launches.

The dictator’s birthday has been a surprisingly low-key affair since he came to power in 2011, and was not included in the state’s official 2018 calendar, despite the country’s claimed successes in 2017 with 16 missiles tests and a 6th nuclear test giving him an excuse for self-promotion.

This year’s omission possibly lies in the backlash over tough economic sanctions, reported the Daily NK news site, citing a source from South Pyongan province