Free piggyback rides from…Kim Jong-un?
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.