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Free piggyback rides from…Kim Jong-un?

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave an elderly officer a piggyback ride after a successful rocket engine test.

This was one of the things he was seen doing in pictures released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

BBC News, in an article published online on March 24, quoted Michael Madden of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University as saying that the image “wasn’t completely machinated or fabricated.”

Madden also said that “this fits into the image [Kim] Jong-un has tried to cultivate – that he is more open, on an interpersonal basis, than his father.”

“It conveys a certain sense of political confidence in his rule and leadership of the country. If he didn’t feel secure, then he wouldn’t allow these images to be disseminated – he would need to appear distant and cold,” he said.