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Kim Jong-un says ‘I can’t quite make the shape’ while trying ‘finger heart’

The South Korean fad of making “finger hearts” has crossed the border to the North, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un himself trying the gesture while posing for photos on top of Paektusan.

The gesture entails crisscrossing the thumb and index finger into a heart shape.

According to South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae’s spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom, Kim Jong-un tried the gesture while posing for photographs with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Paektusan, in front of the crater lake Chonji, or Heaven Lake.


Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in pose on top of Paektusan. (Pyeongyang Press Corps.)
Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in pose on top of Paektusan. (Pyeongyang Press Corps.)


“How do you do it? I can’t quite make the shape,” Kim Jong-un said.

According to reports, Kim ultimately succeeded in making the gesture. His wife, Ri Sol-ju, stood next to him with her hands supporting his finger heart.

Kim, Moon and their wives took a flight from Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang to Samjiyon Airport near the mountain. From there, they rode a bus to a stop halfway up the mountain and switched to track vehicles to reach the peak. On the way back down the two couples rode in a four-seater cable car.

By Lim Jeong-yeo (kaylalim@heraldcorp.com)
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