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CROCODILE TEARS? Kim Jong-Un reveals rare show of emotion as he says farewell to ‘his most trusted aide’ who was killed in a mysterious car crash

  • Kim Jong-Un is pictured touching the body of his ‘close comrade’
  • Kim Yang-Gon, a top party official who oversaw relations with the South, died in a traffic accident on Tuesday
  • He was the leader’s closest aide and was in charge of ties with South Korea
  • Car ownership is rare yet several officials have died in traffic accidents
  • Kim Jong-Un has dismissed top aides since his father died suddenly

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has showed a rare glimpse of emotion at the funeral of his ‘closest comrade’ and ‘faithful helper’, who died in an unexplained car crash on Tuesday.

The usually steely-eyed dictator was pictured touching the face of Kim Yang-Gon, a top party official and key confidante, during his state funeral this morning after describing him as a ‘close comrade-in-arms whom nobody can replace’.

In comes in stark contrast to the deaths of other high-ranking officials, who are denigrated on the pages of state newspapers.


Previous death announcements have condemned aides as ‘traitor’ to the nation and derided Jang Song-Thaek as ‘despicable human scum… worse than a dog’.

Kim Yang-Gon was described in glowing terms by the official news agency KCNA,

‘He could hardly repress his bitter grief for a long while, his hands put on the cold body of the revolutionary comrade,’ it said.

Killed: Kim Yang-Gon, 73, (pictured) a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, has died in a car crash, state news agency KCNA has announced

‘Kim Yang Gon was his faithful helper and close comrade-in-arms whom nobody can replace’, it reported Kim Jong-Un as saying.

North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun also carried a front page picture showing a grieving Kim touching the face of his aide whose remains were laid on a bier decorated with flowers.

Kim Yang-Gon, 73, who was in charge of ties with South Korea and a secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, died in a crash on Tuesday, state news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

Analysts have said that more foul play in the death of Kim Yang-Gon could not be ruled out, citing possible jealousy among political rivals.

Impoverished North Korea did not reveal details about the car accident said to have killed Kim Yan-Gong, but the road network is badly maintained and car ownership is rare, yet several high-level officials have died in traffic accidents over the years, often under the influence of alcohol.

In June 2010, KCNA reported that Ri Je Gang, 80, first vice department director of the Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, died in a traffic accident.

Ri reportedly bickered with Jang Song



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