A crowd of hysterically crying girls awaits the arrival of their idol, clapping and screaming as he waved to them. This may be a normal sight in the West when tween heartthrobs like Justin Bieber are involved, but in North Korea, supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is the only person worth worshipping.
While a delegation of North Korean military leaders visited China in hopes of patching up diplomatic relations after a Chinese fishing boat was held hostage by North Korea, Kim Jong-Un and his wife, Ri Sol-Ju, made a stop at a children’s camp.
According to state-run Korean Central News Agency, Kim visited the Myohyangsan Children’s Camp in North Phyongan Province on Sunday, where he told the children that the camp helped realize “the lifelong desire of the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, who did everything for the children as their tender-hearted fathers.”
While there, Kim and his wife listened to the children sing songs including “We are the Happiest in the World,” and “General to Front while Children to Camps.”
The photos of Kim waving to crowds of screaming girls at the Myohyangsan Children’s Camp floated around Chinese social media platform, Weibo.
Many Chinese responded sarcastically to the photos, further confirming that North Korea’s current leader Kim is less liked than his father and predecessor, Kim Jong-Il.
“The kids are crying and saying, ‘how are you so fat, when we do not eat?’”
Kim Jong-Il maintained very close relations with China and its leaders. However, the current Kim has yet to make a visit to China since taking the helm of the recluse nation after his father’s death. As a result, China has become more comfortable criticizing North Korea by establishing improved relations with South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, and supporting U.N. resolutions which condemned the North's nuclear tests.