I read North Korean media so you don’t have to. And I noticed something in some photos posted on the Rodong Shinmung’s webpage for the Supreme Leader’s Activities. These are the lede photos for the last three entries:
Where’s his flair? You know, the big red flag pin he wears over his his heart bearing the images of both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il? I know he’s worn that pin with his white coat before, such as when he visited the world’s happiest (and best fed, apparently) industrial lubricants factory:
So, in this series of pictures (which were probably all taken on the same day), he’s missing that pin. Where is it? Why isn’t he wearing it? Was it an accident or an oversight (“Oh, shit, Dear Leader, I think you left it on your dresser this morning…”) or is this on purpose?
UPDATE: In this series of photos dated 15 June, Kim Jong Un is still without his flair. Now, if anyone in North Korea can go without, it would be him. But still…
I have no answers, and I won’t pretend to have any either. When it comes to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the only media and sources I trust are those in or from the DPRK itself. Because it’s possible to read between the lines — and deconstruct the images — without speculating too much. But this is interesting.
Someone’s clearly not interested in expressing himself…