N. Korean Leader Ailing On National Television

July 9, 2014 by staff 

N. Korean Leader Ailing On National Television, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un limped on to the stage on the anniversary of his grandfather’s death, footage broadcast by state media on Tuesday showed. It was a rare display of weakness in a country where leaders are portrayed as semi-divine.

The footage showed Kim limping quickly on to the center of a large stage in front a vast smiling portrait of his grandfather, North Korean founding president Kim Il Sung, who died 20 years ago.

State media and propaganda are highly choreographed by the isolated country and any defects with its leadership are usually kept a tightly guarded secret.

Kim Il Sung, who ruled until his death in 1994, had a large and inoperable tennis-ball sized growth on the back of his neck which meant state media were forbidden from filming him from certain angles.

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