North Korea Alters Kim Jong Il Photos

Apparently Kim Jong Il’s publicist is not big on liver spots.

The Chosun Ilbo recently reported that the North Korean government is routinely photoshopping pictures of leader Kim Jong-il to hide dark spots on his cheeks.

A South Korean government official said Monday, “Until last year, we believed Kim Jong-il had dark spots removed from his face. But we’ve recently obtained a lot of evidence showing that the regime is photoshopping mugshots.”

The clue was in photos of Kim in the Chinese media. A South Korean security official said, “All photos provided by the Chinese press show images of him with a face full of liver spots on his cheeks, while those released by North Korean media show a smooth skin tone.”

The Chosun Ilbo reported that photos taken during the dictator’s recent visit to China contrasted sharply with ones released by North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Meanwhile, Kim is currently in Russia and reportedly met with President Dmitry Medvedev, agreeing to return to six-party talks aimed at nuclear disarmament, in exchange for a gas pipeline from Russia, according to the Christian Science Monitor.