SEOUL—For many years, North Korea’s ruling Kims portrayed by themselves as quasi-gods, incapable of mistake.
Now, as the state faces some of its hardest issues in years on various fronts, leader Kim Jong Un is using a unique tactic. He is displaying himself to be fallible—even human.
With the state contending with the coronavirus pandemic, flood destruction and financial sanctions, Mr. Kim is apologizing, admitting plan missteps and visiting catastrophe zones. He has ordered officers to quit “mythicizing” his family as it could “hide the reality,” according to condition media.
Mr. Kim’s crack with tradition was apparent last 7 days when he speedily apologized above the North Korean killing of a South Korean civil servant, just a day immediately after Seoul officers demanded a response. Pyongyang rarely atones with these types of directness or pace.
The outward expressions of humility are not a signal of weak point, safety authorities say,