North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un is in Singapore this week for Tuesday’s summit with President Trump, and of all the photos that have emerged of his visit so far, there’s a curious one that has captured the world’s attention today: Kim Jung-un’s very first selfie.
Kim has been visiting tourist attractions in the Southeast Asian island country. On Monday night, Kim and Singaporean foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan stopped on Jubilee Bridge at Merlion Park and Balakrishnan pulled out his phone for a selfie, which he then Tweeted.
— Vivian Balakrishnan (@VivianBala) June 11, 2018
The photo is believed to be the first-known selfie that Kim has posed for. A number of nearby photographers captured a behind-the-scenes view of it being snapped:
Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan takes a selfie with Kim Jong Un in Singapore's Merlion Park. pic.twitter.com/QE2U6Q8lQl
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) June 11, 2018
Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan takes a selfie with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Jubillee bridge in Singapore.
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) June 11, 2018
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) June 11, 2018
Kim Jong Un, pausing for a selfie with Singapore's foreign minister pic.twitter.com/DRJbdFdrEW
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) June 11, 2018
Here’s a video of the selfie:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 11, 2018
The third man in the photo is Singaporean Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, who shot and shared a second selfie of his own with Kim:
Kim is perhaps best-known for official government photos showing him looking at things in his country. These latest selfies are quite… different.