An extraordinary event happened in North Korea as its leader’s Kim Jong-un’s portrait appeared in a T-shirt worn during a public event in the capital for the very first time.
The T-shirt was spotted in an image from the state-run media emerging in the middle of the North’s thrust to boost its status as a “normal state.”
The white T-shirt bearing the face of the regime’s leader was seen worn by an orchestra conductor in footage aired by the state-run Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station on Tuesday. The event was a defense expo that was held the previous day before the footage’s release.
It is rare for North Koreans to wear the said shirts or clothes as they consider the Kim family as sacred persons and they cannot tarnish their image. The Kim family is regarded as a subject of worship in the county.
A ship engineer has in fact gathered praise in 2019 for his “heroic act” of rescuing the photos of Kim and the North’s two late leaders from a sea mishap, a story published by Rodong Sinmun, the North’s main newspaper said.
The surfacing of the T-shirt with Moon’s portrait on it is an attempt of the regime to appear as a “normal state” to the global community as it is in the middle of a stalemate in nuclear talks with the United States.
The extraordinary showcase was done to celebrate the ruling Workers’ Party’s 76th founding anniversary. The regime has exhibited its new weapons during the event, unveiling its “hypersonic” missile as well as the Hwasong-16 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Yonhap News Agency reported.
The regime’s leader spoke at the expo and urged for a boost in its military’s capabilities which he called as their “first and foremost task.”