Kim Jong Un was accompanied by 12 fawning bodyguards during the historic summit with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in on Friday but, despite the significance of this landmark inter-Korean peace negotiations and the inspiring comments so far, it was the DPRK leader’s jogging security personnel that stuck in our memories.
Image shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from left. At right is Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP)
The 12 suited men trotted alongside Kim’s unmarked Mercedes limo as he made his way from the first stage of the meeting at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone.
The video, which is just over a minute long, has since gone viral on social media, with netizens taking advantage of the meme-worthy content.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 27, 2018
The athletic guards swung into action immediately Kim’s car zoomed off. Their duty was to ensure maximum protection and they never got tired running.
Again, after lunch break, the able-bodied guards were seen doing the same thing – having a good workout by running alongside the car.
North Korea's Kim Jong-un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in kicked off their summit with a historic handshake. https://t.co/CPlivV99Ct
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) April 27, 2018
The meeting is historic for many reasons: it is Kim Jong Un’s first time of visiting the South, a decision which make him the dynastic regime’s first ever leader to do so.
Although the two Koreas are still technically at war since hostilities ended in 1953, the DPRK leader proved he was ready for peace by boldly stepping over a raised concrete slab marking the hotly-contested border.
Earlier on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted “KOREAN WAR TO END!” in response to the meeting.
“The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!” he added.
The leaders have reached agreement on a number of issues, including a nuclear moratorium to finally and officially end the war. They also agreed on allowing families split by the petition of the peninsula to meet.
At the historic moment when the two leaders shook hands across the Military Demarcation line that bisects the rivals, Kim said that his heart “keeps throbbing.”
Moon replied to Kim’s thanks by saying that the North Korean leader made a “very courageous decision” to come to the South.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the breakout stars of the inter-Korean summit: Kim Jong Un's 12 besuited bodyguards, hustling to keep up with the boss' Mercedes. pic.twitter.com/SJ3bbK1nin
— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) April 27, 2018
when you spot your ex and your mates rally round you for back up pic.twitter.com/3zlM2kL7DS
— Maggy (@maggyvaneijk) April 27, 2018
Guess it's cheaper to hire a dozen dudes running as missile fodder than build an armor-plated limo… https://t.co/x93WzkrAHE
— Debra Baseden (@DebraBaseden) April 27, 2018
“When you spot your ex and your mates rally round you for back up,” Maggy wrote on Twitter.
Others asked if Kim was not desperate to order his chauffeur to drive faster so the bodyguards could run quicker.
In the context of 2018, not weird at all. https://t.co/gF5vUX6kZn
— Despondent Junkion (@Eandhistoaster) April 27, 2018
Just when I thought Kim Jong Un couldn't find another way to humiliate his people he goes and does this. https://t.co/Hc1At0IXzl
— Robert Reagan (@RobertReagan) April 27, 2018
Kim and Trump are set to meet soon in a summit at a place and date yet to be decided.