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Kim Jong Un Visits North Korea Children's Hospital

The children rushed to him asking "How are you Marshal?," according to local media.
Image: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meeting with children at a baby home and orphanage
Kim Jong Un poses for a photo with children and staff as he visits the Taesongsan General Hospital in Pyongyang. KCNA/KNS via AFP - Getty Images

Newly-released pictures show Kim Jong Un visiting children at a hospital and orphanage in the North Korean capital.

The images show Kim and his wife Ri Sol Ju being greeted by youngsters at the Taesongsan General Hospital in Pyongyang.

The photos were released just days after Kim's government apologized to families bereaved when an apartment building collapsed in the city. The acknowledgement of that disaster was a rare admission of fallibility from the reclusive state.

Image: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, meets children at the Taesongsan General Hospital in Pyongyang.KCNA/KNS via AFP - Getty Images

A report posted on the website of North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency described the scene at the hospital:

When he entered the sickrooms for the children of the orphanage, they rushed to his arms, each asking "How are you Marshal?" and "Let me come to your arms." He held the children in his arms and was very pleased that they all looked well, healthy and plump.When he kindly asked them how old they were, if they had good meals and what they were playing, they lively answered that they saw him on TV.They sang the song "We are the happiest in the world" full of vigor and said "Thank You, Father Marshal".His eyes shone with tears when he lulled them clinging to his sleeves, reluctant to part with him.