People in North Korea must not laugh – level 2

23-12-2021 15:00

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died 10 years ago, and last week, there was a special ceremony to remember him.

His son and current leader of the country, Kim Jong-un, was at the ceremony, which happened in the capital city Pyongyang. It was in front of the Kumsusan Palace where the bodies of his father and grandfather still lay under glass, as people can see them. There was a ban on many things which lasted for 11 days. People could not drink alcohol, celebrate their own birthdays, or enjoy free time activities. They could not even laugh for the 11 days, and they could not buy food on the day when Kim Jong-il died.

The government controls all the newspapers, and many of them wrote articles about Kim Jong-un. They said that he was a powerful man who kept the country safe from US attacks.

Difficult words: ceremony (a special event to celebrate something), ban (to officially make something illegal), powerful (someone who is very strong, and he can control many people or things).

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