June 20, 2022 13:32
North Korea's state media have published more photos of leader Kim Jong-un as a teenager.
State TV broadcast a documentary recently on the life of Kim’s mentor Hyon Chol-hae, who died last month, that included several stills of the North Korean leader spending time with Hyon.
One shows a young Kim, apparently in his early teens, holding Hyon's hand, while others show him in his late teens at an on-site inspection with his father Kim Jong-il, his sister Yo-jong and Hyon.
The notoriously corpulent dictator is already hamster-cheeked and soft around the middle.
"The aim seems to be to encourage North Koreans to emulate Hyon, who was absolutely loyal to the leader even when Kim was a child," a South Korean intelligence source speculated.
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