North Korea has finally responded to persistent rumors that leader Kim Jong-un had plastic surgery to look like his revered grandfather, issuing an angry denial criticizing “sordid” media reports.
Speculation that Kim’s resemblance to the country’s founding leader, Kim Il-sung, is not 100 percent natural has been around for some time, though with little or no supporting evidence.
The rumors have been partly fed by the undeniable fact that Kim Jong-un has sought to evoke memories of his grandfather in numerous ways, through his dress, haircut, gestures and public appearances. There is also a clear physical resemblance, but Pyongyang’s patience with reports of plastic surgery appears to have run out.
“The false report ... released by enemies is a hideous criminal act which the party, state, army and people can never tolerate,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary on Jan. 23.
Insisting that the very idea of Kim undergoing plastic surgery was “unimaginable,” KCNA flatly rejected what it described as “sordid hackwork by rubbish media.”
1. sordid adj.
(bei1 bi3 de5; bu4 cheng2 shi2 de5)
例: The story paints a sordid picture of bribes and scams.
2. hideous adj.
(chou3 e4 de5; ke3 pa4 de5)
例: His family was subjected to a hideous attack by the gang.
3. flatly adv.
(duan4 ren2 de5; zhi2 jie2 liao3 dang4 de5)
例: He flatly dismissed the idea as impossible.