North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has been awarded a prize for global statesmanship.
The man who learned to drive at the tender age of 3, found a miracle drug to cure AIDS and Ebola, climbs a sacred volcanic mountain for “mind power” and is notorious for executing people for the weirdest of reasons, has been singled out for the esteemed award by an Indonesian organization.
“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,” said Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, the daughter of Indonesia's founding president Sukarno, after whom the award is named.
The Sukarno Prize, traditionally handed out in recognition of contributions to world peace and development, was previously awarded to Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and Mahatma Gandhi.
The dictator apparently won the prize for his fight against “neocolonialism.” It is also the 32-year-old’s first accolade outside his own country.
The Sukarno Center has previously presented the award to North Korea’s founder and Kim Jong-un’s grandfather Kim Il Sung, whom Soekarnoputri called “a hero of independence and peace.”
“So this will be a sequel, where we give the award to Kim Jong-un for his persistence in fighting neocolonialism,” she said, failing to explain how exactly the North Korean dictator – who recently made headlines for executing aquarium manager after baby turtle’s death – has contributed to world peace.
Soekarnoputri reportedly serves as the honorary Asia-Pacific chairwoman of Pyongyang’s Korean reunification preparation committee, a body only recognized by the hermit kingdom, according to the Jakarta Globe.
Kim Jong-un, who ranks 49th on U.S.-based Forbes magazine’s list of the most powerful people, is known for exaggerating his military and technical prowess and has not made a trip outside his country ever since he came to power in 2011.