Donned in light grey, North Korea’s Kim targeted softer, relaxed image in New Year’s address
SEOUL: The sunshine-grey swimsuit and matching tie North Korea’s Kim Jong Un donned for his New Yr’s handle was doubtless rigorously calculated to mission a softer, extra relaxed picture to go together with his shock provide for talks with Seoul, analysts mentioned on Tuesday.
Departing from his common black or navy fits, Kim gave his televised speech carrying black-rimmed glasses and slicked again hair, talking fluently and barely trying right down to learn as he raised the opportunity of sending a delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.
“On this New Yr’s handle, North Korea appears to have taken nice pains with the picture portrayed by Kim Jong Un,” mentioned an evaluation by the state-run Korea Institute for Nationwide Unification after Kim’s speech.
“The change from the (Kim’s) earlier darkish Maoist fits to a softer toned gray Western-style swimsuit doubtless aimed to underpin peace which Kim burdened in his handle, and mirrored a relaxed way of thinking that in all probability got here with the completion of the North’s nuclear energy,” the Institute mentioned.
After a yr dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme, the North Korean chief declared his nation “a peace-loving and accountable nuclear energy” and name for decrease navy tensions and improved ties with the South.
Kim additionally mentioned he was open to dialogue with Seoul, prompting South Korea on Tuesday to suggest high-level talks between the 2 nations on Jan. 9 on the border truce village of Panmunjeom.
Analysts mentioned the North Korean chief’s speech on Monday confirmed extra confidence in comparison with earlier years, his outdated behavior of swaying back and forth whereas making speeches practically undetectable. In his first New Yr’s handle as North Korea’s chief in 2013, Kim had regularly sounded wanting breath, his voice wavering infrequently.
This yr, there was none of that.
Kim Gun-hee, a marketing consultant on picture making and management, mentioned the gray swimsuit could have been designed to deflect a few of the unfavorable international consideration Kim’s nuclear and missile exams have prompted.
“Once we advise purchasers who’re in powerful conditions or are surrounded by unfavourable rumours, we inform them to put on both white or gray,” she mentioned.
“Within the examine of shade psychology, white imbues innocence whereas gray tends to take consideration away from you. Kim could have felt some strain from being on the centre of worldwide focus and turned to gray after sticking to darkish tones for a number of years.”