Rare North Korea photo shows Kim Jong-un as a boy with his mother
Rare images of the leader of North Korea as a child alongside his mother have been unearthed to mark 60 years since the dynasty's ideological foundations wre laid.
On August 25 elaborate celebrations will be held to mark the anniversary of Kim Jong-il founding of Songun.
Songun is a political ideological unique to North Korea that claims all problems in society can be corrected by giving priority to military affairs
Ahead of the event the North Korean government released a film containing images of current leader Kim, his birth mother Ko Yong-hui and his wife Ri Sul-ju.
The 90 minute video shows Ko Yong-hui in Osandeok City in the North Hamgyeong Province - the hometown of Kim Jong-il, Daily NK reported.(Image: KCNA VIA KNS/AFP via Getty Image)
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The film later shows Kim as a child, reading, making art and planting trees together with his mum.
In North Korea Kim's mother is only referred to by titles, such as "The Respected Mother who is the Most Faithful and Loyal 'Subject' to the Dear Leader Comrade Supreme Commander".
The circumstances surround her death are unclear.
On 27 August 2004, various sources reported that she had died in Paris from unspecific illness, probably of breast cancer.
Other reports claims that she was treated in Paris in the spring of 2004 and then flown back to Pyongyang where she fell into a coma and died in August that year.(Image: AFP/Getty Images)
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The previous regime attempted to build a cult of personality around Ko prior to Kim's ascent to power.
Such moves have been frustrated by her lowly origins, as considered by North Korea's songbun class system.
Not only did Ko's Korean-Japanese heritage make her part of the lowest "hostile" class, her father's work in a Japanese army sewing factory rendered her the low of the low in North Korean eyes.
Kim is said to be fearful that public knowledge of details of his mother's upbringing would undermine his family's pure bloodline.
As a consequence Ko's name became an official state secret after Kim Jong-il died in 2011.
She is now referred to by her nicknames.
It was reported earlier today that rumours about Kim's health are circulating again.(Image: KCNA VIA KNS/AFP via Getty Image)
Whispers that he could be dead started again after a South Korean diplomat sensationally claimed the North Korean leader is in a coma.
Chang Song-min, a former aide to South Korea’s late president Kim Dae-jung, didn't provide any evidence to back up his claim - the same one he made months ago only for Kim to be pictured in public days later.
A South Korean news website hit out at Chang's coma claim as "absurd", and former BBC journalist Roy Calley has now suggested the dictator could already be dead.
State media has given no indication there is anything wrong with the leader, reporting on Sunday that North Korea had launched a new anti-smoking website, even though Kim, said to be a heavy smoker, hasn't kicked the habit.