Kim Jong Un bows before the man who made him a god: North Korean leader shows his respect at the funeral of mastermind who created the personality cult surrounding his family's dynasty

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North Korea's erstwhile propaganda main who masterminded nan characteristic cult surrounding nan ruling Kim dynasty has died, authorities media said Wednesday, pinch leader Kim Jong Un photographed bowing astatine his funeral.

Kim Ki Nam died connected Tuesday owed to aged property and 'multiple organ dysfunction', having been treated astatine a infirmary since 2022, nan country's charismatic Korean Central News Agency said. He was 94.

Kim Jong Un visited nan ceremonial hallway early Wednesday morning, paid silent tribute and looked astir pinch 'bitter condolences complete nan nonaccomplishment of a seasoned revolutionary who had remained boundlessly loyal' to nan regime, KCNA said.

The North Korean leader was seen bowing successful beforehand of nan ceremonial bier arsenic a contingent of subject men successful uniforms serenaded them pinch various philharmonic instruments. 

Nam was routinely referred to arsenic nan Joseph Goebbels of North Korea, successful reference to nan Nazi propagandist-in-chief, truthful cardinal was his activity successful entrenching nan Kim family successful power.  

Kim Jong Un visited nan ceremonial hallway early Wednesday morning, paid silent tribute and looked astir nan bier pinch 'bitter condolences complete nan nonaccomplishment of a seasoned revolutionary who had remained boundlessly loyal' to nan regime, authorities media KCNA said

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (C) and elder officials definitive their condolences to erstwhile Workers' Party of Korea Vice Chairman Kim Ki Nam

In nan 1970s, Kim Ki Nam was successful complaint of Pyongyang's charismatic mouthpiece, nan Rodong Sinmun newspaper, according to nan North.

He is seen arsenic nan driving unit down nan propaganda masterminding nan cult of nan Kim family dynasty, and Pyongyang's authorities media connected Wednesday described him arsenic 'a seasoned of our Party and nan revolution, a prestigious theoretician and a salient governmental activist'.

An image released by nan Rodong Sinmun showed leader Kim, dressed successful a acheronian suit, solemnly paying his respects alongside high-ranking statement and subject officials, successful beforehand of what appeared to beryllium a flower-decorated bier.

The Kim dynasty, established by Pyongyang's founding leader Kim Il Sung, has ruled nan impoverished, isolated federation pinch an robust fist and pervasive characteristic cult complete 3 generations.

The family are revered successful nan North arsenic nan 'Paektu bloodline', named aft nan country's highest upland and expected birthplace of nan precocious leader Kim Jong Il.

In 2015, images successful authorities media showed nan precocious charismatic Kim Ki Nam, successful his 80s astatine nan time, taking notes diligently successful beforehand of Kim Jong Un, much than 50 years his junior.

Kim Ki Nam 'is nan North Korean balanced of (Nazi propaganda chief) Paul Joseph Goebbels,' said Ahn Chan-il, a defector-turned-researcher who runs nan World Institute for North Korea Studies.

'It is safe to opportunity that nan propaganda and agitation strategies of nan Kim dynasty each came from Kim Ki Nam's mind.'

Kim Ki Nam was seen arsenic nan driving unit down nan propaganda masterminding nan cult of nan Kim family dynasty

Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, took up Kim Ki Nam's mantle arsenic main propagandist immoderate 7 years ago

Kim Ki Nam's domiciled arsenic nan regime's main propagandist was yet passed connected to Kim Jong Un's powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, successful nan precocious 2010s.

Her presence astatine nan propaganda section arsenic its high-ranking fig took spot successful 2018, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

Kim Ki Nam successful 2005 led a North Korean delegation to sojourn South Korea's National Cemetery, honouring soldiers who died during nan Korean War, erstwhile inter-Korean relations were successful a amended state.

In 2009, nan precocious charismatic led a North Korean delegation to South Korea to be nan ceremonial of Seoul's erstwhile dovish president, Kim Dae-jung. During nan visit, they laid a wreath signed by Pyongyang's then-leader Kim Jong Il.

Kim Dae-jung successful 2000 made a historical sojourn to Pyongyang, wherever he met pinch Kim Jong Il, nan predecessor and begetter of existent leader Kim Jong Un.

During his sojourn to Seoul successful 2009, Kim Ki Nam met pinch Seoul's then-president Lee Myung-bak.

Inter-Korean relations are astatine 1 of their lowest points successful years recently, pinch Pyongyang declaring South Korea its 'principal enemy'.

It's regrettable that Pyongyang has made nary mention of Kim Ki Nam's efforts for inter-Korean practice pursuing his death, nan Moo-jin, president of nan University of North Korean Studies successful Seoul, told AFP.

'It seems to show nan existent authorities of inter-Korean relations characterised by confrontation and conflict,' he said.

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