Reuters Kim Jong-un’s battalion of bodyguards keep pace with the leader’s limo
And where Kim goes his highly-trained team of elite bodyguards are never far away – as these amazing photographs show.
Around a dozen bodyguards in dark suits were seen jogging along either side of the leader’s limo as it drove through Hanoi.
His suit-clad security team sprung into action to surround the limo on all sides to ensure their hated leader was kept safe.
The high-profile security team formed a ring around him with the protective perimeter giving a full 360-degree view.
In advance of Kim were up to five bodyguards including the director of the Main Office of Adjutants.
Alongside him were between four to six bodyguards, with two to three on his right and left.
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Bringing up the rear were four to five highly-trained bodyguards while others followed in an armoured 4×4.
The bodyguards are among the only North Koreans permitted to carry loaded guns near the rogue state’s leader.
Despite carrying the firearms, the bodyguards main defence for Kim are their highly-trained observational skills.
Their sole job is to “neutralise” threats to the Glorious Leader using any means at their disposal.
They are chosen from Korean People’s Army (KPA) recruits doing their national service conscription.
Criteria for selection includes being approximately the same height as their leader.
They must have top level skills such as marksmanship and martial arts.
The bodyguards use a series of spoken passwords and code phrases to communicate in the field.
The bodyguards running alongside Kim’s limo are part something called Central Party Office #6.
Many are related to the Kim family, or to other elite North Korean families in Kim’s social circle.
EPA Kim peers out of the window of his armed Mercedes outside the North Korean Embassy
email@example.com__0977774050__ The North Korean dictator is flanked on all sides as he is driven through Hanoi
EPA North Korean bodyguards in the motorcade follow their ‘Glorious Leader’
Reuters Suited and well armed bodyguards mimick the limo’s every move
AFP or licensors The bodyguards are among the only North Koreans permitted to carry guns near the rogue state’s leader
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