The Straits Times
Published on Jan 24, 2013

N. Korea slams Kim Jong Un plastic surgery reports


SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has finally responded to persistent rumours that leader Kim Jong Un had plastic surgery to look like his revered grandfather, issuing an angry denial criticising "sordid" media reports.

Speculation that Mr Kim's resemblance to the country's founding leader, Kim Il Sung, is not 100 per cent natural has been around for some time, though with little or no supporting evidence.

The rumours have been partly fed by the undeniable fact that Mr Kim Jong Un has sought to evoke memories of his grandfather in numerous ways, through his dress, haircut, gestures and public appearances.

And there is a clear physical resemblance. But Pyongyang's patience with reports of plastic surgery appears to have run out.