When you are the unchallenged leader of North Korea, it comes with the job to me fawned over by your loyal subjects – at least these ones aren’t crying.
dictator Kim Jong-Un was surrounded by a horde of adoring women as he
toured an air force unit at an unknown location in North Korea. Women
dressed in military uniforms and mid-20th century style pilot outfits
did their best to hook on to the comfortably sized arm of the
The pictures were released by North Korea's
ruling Workers party, on Friday via Korean Central News Agency, but it
is not clear when they were taken or where the airfield is located. They
show Kim Jong-Un meeting soldiers and pilots at the unit and
supervising a flight drill of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 2620.
images emerged as the leader’s second-in command, has reappeared in
official television footage, contradicting reports earlier this month
that he had been executed by Jong-Un.
Rumoured No.2, Choe
Ryong-Hae was pictured close to Kim in pictures taken in January and
February, smiling but sporting a limp. He was seen enthusiastically
taking notes on a visit by Kim to various sites and then appeared at a
firing drill on a beach.
Choe is the influential head of the
political wing of North Korea's military and appears to have risen to
become the second most powerful person in the country after the
execution of Jang Song-Thaek, Kim's uncle, last year.
in recent weeks that Choe had also been purged triggered a wave of
speculation that Kim was intent on shaking up North Korea's elite and
that high-ranking members within it were planning a coup. Later this
weekend, the North Korean people will vote in a ‘national election’ –
virtually all are expected to vote yes to their candidates, all selected
for them by the ruling elite.
Voting is compulsory, making elections a powerful tool for the ruling Workers’ Party in checking up on the people.
North Korean authorities, the elections provide both a veneer of
democracy and a means of monitoring the whereabouts and loyalties of
Colorful posters urging citizens to go to the
polls line the streets in Pyongyang and other cities. Along with nearly
700 other `deputies" expected to be seated in the new assembly, supreme
leader Kim Jong-Un himself has announced his candidacy - in District 111
on sacred Mount Paekdu.
Kim Jong-Un is surrounded by a horde of adoring female soldiers and pilots while touring an air force unit in North Korea