- By FP Staff
Earlier this week, North Korean state media released photos showing Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un posing in a submarine. Along with the photos, Pyongyang published a 50-minute video, which appeared to show a cruise missile, in addition to shots of Kim palling about and chatting with his soldiers.
The video — imagine a low budget 1960s military movie dubbed in Korean and directed by Pee Wee Herman in his bad years — has been widely shared to the outside world via YouTube and other social media. The images released by North Korean state media include a wonderful series of photographs showing Kim aboard an old submarine. The vessel is clearly outdated, an example of how the North Korean armed forces have managed to make the most of their aging, mostly Soviet-era military hardware.
But between the cool green paint-job and and the vague aesthetic of industrial decay, the photographs are also ripe for parody. Here, Kim Jong Un makes his Instagram debut.
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