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Limping North Korea leader Kim Jong Un leads memorial for grandfather Kim Il Sung

Published on Jul 8, 2014 12:48 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - A visibly limping Kim Jong Un presided over an official memorial in Pyongyang on Tuesday for the 20th anniversary of the death of his grandfather and North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung.

The meeting, broadcast live on North Korean state TV, began as Kim walked into a vast conference hall packed with thousands of party and military officials who rose to applaud the young leader.

Kim appeared to be limping slightly as he walked to his seat, and the cameras cut away as he left the memorial which lasted a little more than 30 minutes. He did not address the meeting.

The reason for the limp was not apparent. Kim has recently concluded a series of visit to frontline military installations on the maritime border with South Korea.

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