An arms exhibition has opened in the North Korean capital. In addition to new types of weapons, a group photo with Kim Jong Un caught the media attention. Among the soldiers posing for a photo with the leader, the paratrooper in a shiny blue jumpsuit and a colorful cap on his head stands out. “Rocket man”, “Captain Korea” – shouted Kim’s unusual comrade users of social media. This is not the end of attractions.
On Monday, an arms exhibition was opened to mark the 76th anniversary of the creation of the Workers’ Party of Korea. It featured new weapons, including the Hwasong-16, North Korea’s largest ICBM. It was first shown to the public at a military parade in October 2020. North Korea has not yet tested this rocket.
A group photo with Kim Jong Un caught the media attention. The North Korean leadership was accompanied by a group of soldiers, distinguished by a glittering blue jumpsuit and a colorful paratrooper cap. The man also made a leap over Pyongyang, spreading the flag of the Workers’ Party of Korea over the city. “The top-class paratrooper showed his skills by flapping the party’s red banner in the sky,” the state agency KCNA reported.
The paratrooper was also noticed by social media users who called him “Rocket Man”, “Captain Korea” or “Human cannonball”.
The conductor in a T-shirt with the image of the leader
The opening of the exhibition in Pyongyang was also exceptional because of the orchestra’s conductor, who wore a white t-shirt with a black and white image of Kim Jong Un. North Koreans do not wear T-shirts that could get dirty, for example, because in this country the Kim family is treated as sacred figures and their portraits are treated as objects of worship.
In 2019, the party newspaper of North Korea, The Rodong Sinmun, published a story praising a marine engineer for his “heroic act” of rescuing portraits of Kim Jong Un and his two deceased predecessors from a sinking ship.
The Western media treats the appearance of the Kim T-shirt as an attempt to present North Korea as a “normal state” to the international community during the deadlock in nuclear talks with the US.
Main photo source: Reuters