Pyongyang: After many months, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped out from his abode and took the center stage at a military parade as shutterbugs clicked pics of the leader, who looked thinner, a trace of tan and a haircut reminiscent of his grandfather.
No new weapons were displayed at North Korea’s first military parade since U.S. President Joe Biden took office that was broadcast on Thursday, but there was a lot of attention on a new-look Kim, who has undergone a noticeable weight loss over the past several months.
Dressed in a light-colored suit, Kim didn’t speak at the parade. But he waived, smiled and gave a thumbs up as thousands of goose-stepping paramilitary and public security forces marched for more than an hour through central Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, fixing their gazes to the balcony where the leader was watching as they passed.
Kim was seeing paying homage to his grandfather with a haircut similar to the one sported by his grandfather Kim II Sung, about 70 years ago.
In June, state media cited a citizen as saying North Koreans broke down in tears over seeing a dramatically thinner Kim Jong Un. The 37-year-old leader returned to the public eye cutting a much thinner figure after being absent for most of May, which raised questions about his health.