Rare photos of Kim Jong-un, when was teenager, unveiled in new documentary
Never-before-seen photos of Kim Jong-un have been published by the country's state media, in a documentary based on Kim's late mentor Hyon Chol-hae. The documentary "Closest to the Sun" revolves around the relationship between Kim and Hyon, media reports said. The documentary details Kim's involvement in his mentor's heart treatment between 2017 and 2021.
The series of photos give a rare glimpse into Kim Jong-un's life when he was a teenager. Kim has been Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011 and the leader of the Workers' Party of Korea since 2012. Kim Jong-un's father was North Korea's second supreme leader from 1994 to 2011.
The photos went viral when the documentary was broadcast by North Korean state media. Several black and white images have been released.
In one of the images, Kim can be seen holding the hands of his mentor Hyon Chol-hae, who was a North Korean military officer.
During the Korean War, Hyon served as Kim Il-sung's bodyguard. Experts have noted that the bodyguard role gave him "a place in North Korea's revolutionary history".
Hyon died last month. He helped groom Kim to be the next leader of the country after Kim’s father died.
In another photo, the North Korean Supreme leader can be seen with Hyon, his late father Kim Jong Il and his sister Kim Yo-jong. In one photo, he can be seen standing with his mentor behind his father.