Extraordinary footage shows the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, shedding tears as he issues a rare and unexpected apology to his country.

Here's what we know...

Kim Jong-Un, the king of poker face, has finally given us a rare glimpse of his human side.

The dictator is always unnervingly composed, with most of us struggling to see even an inkling of emotion on his permanently straight face.

But, throughout the last few months, things have evidently become a little too much for the leader...

And, thanks to a combination of different pressures, the leader finally broke down in front of the entire world.

He issued a grovelling apology to his country...

For reasons, however, you may not expect.

Now, upon coming into power, Kim Jong-Un had a difficult legacy to follow.

His father set the precedent as being the overwhelming, dominant personality that has now come to define the country as a whole.

Since he came into power, government scriptures have always legitimized his leadership.

It is said that the family history stems from a line of "nationalists who resisted imperialism from the Japanese in the early 20th century" and this can easily be reflected in Jong Un's modern-day leadership.

However, compared to his father, Kim Jong Un has always been shrouded in mystery.

With little to no fact-based evidence detected, right from the beginning, Jong Un's identity has always been uncertain. Even his birthdate has been the center of speculation.

While some outlets claim he was born in the early '80s...

Others have cited that he may have actually been born much earlier, but with age and power coming hand-in-hand, the younger the leader is perceived to be, the more powerful he reigns, so no one can be too sure.

But one thing is for sure...

We all know him to be an overwhelming force. When the baton was passed to Jong Un, he gladly accepted, promising to continue the regime his dad had implemented on the country and all of its people.

Even though he reformed some agricultural and economic aspects, his rule has been nothing short of brutal.

Activists, as well as multiple other Human Rights organizations, have described the country to be one that is riddled with violations and oppressive laws.

And horror stories from within the country's "re-education" camps have proved just how far the regime is willing to go.

Civilians that have escaped the dictatorship have revealed stories of torture, mutilation, and abuse from within chainlink fences. Many of them seek refuge in neighboring countries such as South Korea, while some take the risk of traveling further, to China.

One survivor described his ordeal...

The Independent published an article outlining the horrific treatment of one man who survived one of North Korea’s "most notorious" forced labor camps.

Kang Cheol Hwan had been trapped for 10 years prior to his escape.

He was "confined at the Yodok concentration camp, otherwise known as Camp 15, used to imprison so-called enemies of the state" and the memories he recalled were beyond imagination, including having to watch the "hanging" of multiple campmates who dared defied the rules.

But of course, North Korean officials denied the claims.

Aljazeera News stated that "North Korea has repeatedly rejected accusations of human rights abuses and blames sanctions for a dire humanitarian situation. The country has been under UN sanctions since 2006 because of its ballistic missiles and nuclear programs."

But it's not just civilians that had been caught in the firing line...

In order to validate his dictatorship, Jong Un took it upon himself to execute members of his father's cabinet if he deemed them to be traitors. And among them were many senior officials including his own uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was considered one of his top advisers at the time.

And not to mention the scandal surrounding his half-brother...

In 2017, Jong Un's half brother was mysteriously murdered in Malaysia. It was reported that poison had been used in order to kill him at Kuala Lumpur airport after he became an open critic about his brother's strict regime.

But because the country has always been locked-off from the rest of the world...

It has been hard to get front-line evidence of how the others had been disposed of but rumors circulated that they had either been shot or thrown into a camp where they could be monitored.

So it's safe to say Kim Jong Un isn't going to win an award for "best leader" any time soon...

Despite the fact that he and our President now seem to be the best of friends.

And he seems to be well aware of this...

Because, over the weekend, the controversial leader issued an unexpected and emotional apology to the country for his "failings."

Speaking at a huge military parade held at the weekend to mark the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ party...

Jong-Un removed his glasses as he broke down in tears in front of a stunned crowd.

According to a translation provided by the Korea Times, Jong-Un said to his country:

“Our people have placed trust, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea, in me, but I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily. I am really sorry for that."

Citing his grandfather and father, he continued:

“Although I am entrusted with the important responsibility to lead this country upholding the cause of the great comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il thanks to the trust of all the people, my efforts and sincerity have not been sufficient enough to rid our people of the difficulties in their lives."

It is widely believed that Jong-Un's groveling apology comes as a result of various economic crises triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

North Korea has seen trade with China fall dramatically due to the closure of borders in response to the pandemic, although Pyongyang still insists it has not recorded a single case of the virus.

You can watch his speech here.

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