Behind his corpulence and tyranny, one sees his... nucleus?
There have also been reports in the past that suggested that North Korea's leaders did indeed have moments of self-doubt. Before his death, South Korean newspapers reported that Kim Jong Il had suffered from depression. According to Yonhap, the older Kim once remarked when watching a parade in his honor: "It's all fake."
What's really remarkable about this self-deprecating joke, however, is that it appeared in North Korea's most important state newspaper – a moment of levity made it into the propaganda. It is unclear whether it was deliberate.
I guess I missed these moments of self-deprecation. I was just too blinded by the tyranny and executions that I couldn't see it.