North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a celebration marking the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Photo: EPA North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a celebration marking the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Photo: EPA
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a celebration marking the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Photo: EPA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s ‘tears of gratitude’ highlight new propaganda strategy

  • Kim closed his impoverished country’s borders in January to stop the virus, a move which analysts say has exacerbated the effects of international sanctions
  • The acknowledgement of personal fallibility is a marked contrast to the superlative-laden propaganda that exalted his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the North’s founder

Topic |   Kim Jong-un
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a celebration marking the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Photo: EPA North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a celebration marking the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Photo: EPA
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a celebration marking the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Photo: EPA
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