Kim Jong Un: North Korean Dictator Seen Limping – World Wonders, ‘Why?’

Sean Mahoney - Author

Jan. 3 2018, Updated 8:30 p.m. ET

Sports broadcaster, Chris Berman, has a trademark football call that may have been appropriate for North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un’s recent walk across a public stage: “Rumbling, bumbling, stumbling!”

But the question the world is asking since footage of the dictator limping surfaced is, why?

ABC News reports that the young North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, limped across the stage while attending an event recognizing the 20th anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung, his grandfather and founder of North Korea.

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North Korea State media showcased the live footage of the event featuring throngs of North Korean political and military officials applauding the oft-maligned Kim Jong Un. That they would broadcast Jong Un, apparently injured, was surprising to many since North Korea has long strived to present their leaders as all powerful and void of weakness.

The service was over after about 30 minutes, the broadcast cutting away as Kim Jong Un limped off the stage, and the world was left wondering what might’ve happened to the North Korean leader. Aside from reportedly inspecting a cherished submarine, not much else is known of Kim Jong Un’s recent activities. This leaves the door wide open for speculation and a collection of photos on, credited to AFP, may provide some possible clues.

For instance, in this photo, Kim Jong Un is examining a playground slide. Could the dictator have injured himself while actually trying the thing out?


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