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  • 8 July 2014, 15:34

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Caught Off Balance

The North Korean leader appears to have sustained an injury to his leg.

Footage of Kim Jong-Unlimping onto a stage in the country's parliament building was broadcast on North Korean state television.

The young leader was attending a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the death of his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, who died 20 years ago.

In the footage, Mr Kim walks briskly onto an empty stage clearly limping. Another camera angle shows him sitting on the stage looking particularly stern.

The limp has not been acknowledged by the North Korean authorities. It is unusual for the regime to show the country's leader displaying anything other than perfect health.

Mr Kim's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, developed a tennis-ball-sized growth on the back of his neck in his latter years. State media was banned from filming or photographing him from certain angles.

The Supreme Leader was not filmed leaving the ceremony which was broadcast live. He did not speak at the event but listened to the country's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam who hailed the late Kim Il-Sung as "the greatest leader in human history".

Kim Il-Sung, the founding leader of North Korea, ruled the county from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994.

He was succeeded by Kim Jong-Un's father, Kim Jong-Il - he died in December 2011 and power was transferred to the youngest Kim.

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