Kim Jong Un was seen on North Korean state television limping into a ceremony on Tuesday, a curious sight given the nature of the country's tightly-controlled media that constantly seeks to portray its leader as flawless and god-like.
The Associated Press described
the limp as "slight, but visible" as Un walked into a large ceremony hall to commemorate the anniversary of his grandfather's death.
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Frequently referred to as North Korea's "eternal president," Kim Il Sung died 20 years ago, and many say he would never have allowed something like a limp to be anything but hidden. USA Today reported
that in his own twilight, Sung only allowed state television cameras to film him from certain angles, those that hid the tennis ball-sized growth on the back of his neck.
South Korea is always on the lookout for clues as to their adversary's health, and one of its newspapers, Chosun Ilbo, reported that Kim wore a "gloomy expression throughout [the ceremony] and applauded feebly." South Korean media often comments on the leader's overweight appearance, and his unhealthy habit of smoking is well documented.
Others say that if Un chose to show the limp, that should indicate that it was the result of a minor injury, such as a sprained ankle.
Un's father, Kim Jong Il, also sported a limp after suffering a stroke in 2008.
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