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Kim Jong Un Is Seen Limping In Strange North Korea Video (WATCH)

08/07/2014 11:49 BST | Updated 08/07/2014 14:59 BST

A botched assassination attempt, or maybe the Dear Limper just got pins and needles?

Speculation is rife after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was seen limping across the stage at the memorial for his grandfather Kim Il-Sung.

It is a rare show of human weakness that state media would ordinarily be reticent to broadcast. Kim Il-sung had a fist-sized tumour on the back of his neck, but it was never pictured, with media banned from filming him at certain angles.

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Kim Jong Un is seen limping across the stage

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The anniversary marks the start of a 10 day mourning period

North Korean authorities have declared a 10 day period of mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung. The founding father of the current state, he is still considered the leader of the nation, despite having died in 1994. His son, Kim Jong-il, became Supreme Leader after him, and his son, Kim Jong-un, succeeded in 2011.

The injury does not seem to be putting the despot off his duties. It was reported on Monday that Kim had visited a defence detachment on Ung Islet, an outpost in the "East Sea of Korea" - more widely known as the Japan Sea.

North Korea has test-fired short-range missiles and rockets three times in the past 10 days, at the same time as issuing a statement on the anniversary of Kim Il-sung's death, calling for the north and the south to |end reckless hostility and confrontation and open up the road for reconciliation and unity.

"The grave situation in which even a single remark and act and tiny friction may lead to a dangerous conflict and destruction of the nation is prevailing on the Korean peninsula as hostility and confrontation have reached the extremes."