Monday, January 2, 2012

'Giant North Korean soldier' pays respects to Kim Jong-il

At first glance it appears to be just another photograph of immaculately turned out troops paying their last respects to North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong-il.

But a closer inspection of the back row of one block of mourners reveals a far from ordinary sight - a soldier who appears to be well over 8ft tall.

The remarkable image was captured as the funeral procession of the late leader passed near the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in the capital Pyongyang.

It was taken by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and is one of several pictures which show the same giant soldier from different angles.

Thousands of troops paraded in Kim Il-sung Square this week in a display of military might following the death of Kim Jong-il on Dec 17.

Yesterday evidence emerged that the carefully choreographed mourning was not necessarily as it seemed as some images appeared to have been doctored.

A television crew visible in one picture taken of the funeral had somehow vanished in a second, near identical image, leading the international news agency Reuters to claim it had been deliberately altered by KCNA.

The "giant soldier" photograph looks less likely to have been manipulated given he can be seen in different images from several angles. Read More