Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, broke down in tears in a rare display of emotions on Monday. The emotional side of the North Korean leader, whose alleged illness followed by rumours of death and subsequent “resurrection" have been the talking points this year, took the world by surprise.
A video taken at a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party shows Kim Jong-un taking off his glasses and wiping tears, according to reports.
“Our people have placed trust, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea, in me, but I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily,” the Korea Times quoted him as saying. “I am really sorry for that.”
“Although I am entrusted with the important responsibility to lead this country upholding the cause of the great comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il thanks to the trust of all the people, my efforts and sincerity have not been sufficient enough to rid our people of the difficulties in their lives," he said.
Many found it a tad difficult to digest that Kim Jong-un was actually crying while apologising - both highly uncharacteristic.
Kim Jong Un was crying? Um…what the hell is this year???— KD (@DisclosedMind_) October 12, 2020
Kim Jong Un in 2020 went from dying -> resurrecting -> crying for his country (?)Reality is indeed stranger than fiction this year https://t.co/bIyVat1ZuH— Emmanuel Brenner (@BrennerEmmanuel) October 13, 2020
Kim Jong Un crying? Apologizing to his people for letting them down? What in the hell is going on. Is the world coming to an end and we don’t know it??— kam jackson (@kamjackson63) October 12, 2020
one reason Kim Jong Un weeping intrigues me is, so far as I can tell, it has absolutely nothing to do with us. we can translate the missiles into a universal language, a language of force and deterrence and war we understand. but I’m not sure we know how to translate the tears.— John Delury (@JohnDelury) October 10, 2020
Lots of crying faces in the crowds while Kim Jong Un gave his speech. (KJU looks like he shed some tears himself; said he felt sorry for the soldiers who couldn’t’ be present due to them being deployed to typhoon-struck areas). pic.twitter.com/Ma2xTbSZRM— Gabriela Bernal | 가비 (@gabrielabbernal) October 10, 2020
Even for North Korea/Kim Jong Un, these photos are wild. The smiles, the tears, the long speech from a guy who’s “died" several times this year, the new missiles, the parade at night. Even in this crazy October, the Great Successor knows how to attract attention. https://t.co/NFbvSqR9uP— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) October 10, 2020
Even Kim Jong Un is like “This is a lot.”— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) October 6, 2020
Earlier this year, there were several reports which suggested that the North Korean leader had been ill and had even stepped into a coma after health complications. Reports speculated that his sister, Kim Yo Jong is set to take reins of the country. Other bizarre reports also suggested that Kim Jong-un was using a body double because he had taken ill.