North Korea issued a statement vehemently denying claims that its young leader, Kim Jong-un, has undergone plastic surgery in order to look more like his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung.
The rogue state said press speculation — fueled by a recent Chinese report — was “sordid hackwork by rubbish media,” according to AFP.
The rumours have been partly fed by the undeniable fact that 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.
“The false report… released by enemies is a hideous criminal act which the party, state, army and people can never tolerate,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary Wednesday.
A Chinese diplomatic source told China’s Shenzhen TV that he or she had had spoken to a North Korean official while on a private visit to Pyongyang and confirmed the plastic surgery rumors.