The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 05, 2013
 

Kim Jong Un and the mystery smartphone

 
 

SEOUL(AFP) - A picture of North Korea's Mr Kim Jong Un with a smartphone has triggered fevered speculation about which brand is favoured by the leader of one of the world's most repressive nations.

The photo released by the North's state media showed Mr Kim presiding over a meeting with top national security advisers last week - a meeting believed to have been focused on Pyongyang's threat to conduct an imminent nuclear test.

It also showed a black smartphone on the table next to Mr Kim's arm - as well as a lit cigarette in his hand.

"It's believed that the smartphone belonged to Kim given that the device was placed right next to the documents he was looking at," a Seoul government official told AFP.