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Kim Jong-un's rusty submarine surprises experts

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Published on Jun 16, 2014

The release of images showing Kim Jong-un aboard a rusty 1950s submarine is an unusual step for a regime that likes to airbrush reality, says North Korea expert Aidan Foster-Carter

The North Korean regime has released images showing Kim Jong-un aboard a submarine. Mr Kim can be seen on top of the vessel's conning tower, flanked by naval personnel. Other images show him smiling beside torpedo tubes and using the periscope. But in a shift away from the country's regular policy of using photo editing software to improve on reality, rust patches can be seen only inches from Mr Kim.
"To see rust in a North Korean picture is quite surprising," says Aidan Foster-Carter, an expert on both the secretive state and its neighbour South Korea. "Normally they tart stuff up."
A few months ago, North Korea unveiled the first picture of their hovercraft. The image, which showed a fleet of craft landing on a beach, was revealed upon closer inspection to show one craft that had been cloned.
Mr Foster-Carter is under no doubt that these latest images have not been doctored. "They have hovercraft, but they want us to think that they've got twice as many as they do have. That's your normal North Korea - they haven't even bothered with a lick of paint, or a lick of pretend paint in front of the young marshal on the turret of this submarine," he said.

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