North Korea has released photos of Kim Jong-un meeting the country's women's football team at Pyongyang airport after they won the East Asian Cup. The leader lavished praise on the side for beating their bitter enemy South Korea, and held each player's hand to express his approval. The women appeared to be overwhelmed by the gesture, many of them in floods of tears.

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10 August 2015: Members of the North Korean women's football team surround Kim Jong-un as he welcomes them at Pyongyang International Airport after they won the 2015 East Asian CupReuters

Kim seems to have that effect on women wherever he goes. Photograph after photograph of adoring women clamouring to touch him serve to demonstrate how much the people of North Korea adore their leader.

Although the photos are clearly staged for propaganda purposes, much of the emotion may be genuine. There is a cult of personality around Kim Jong-un (and his father and grandfather before him). North Koreans are taught from an early age that their leader is almost god-like. On the other hand, his loyal subjects know it is in their own interests to be seen fawning over him.

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9 March 2015: The North Korean leader is surrounded by female catering workers during his inspection of Unit 1016 of the Korean People's ArmyReuters
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1 January 2015: Women and children rush to meet Kim Jong-un as he visits the Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage on New Year's DayReuters
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20 December 2014: The North Korean leader is mobbed by a huge crowd as he visits a textile millReuters
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9 December 2014: The wives of Korean People's Army soldiers cry as they get the chance to be photographed with Kim Jong-unReuters
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28 November 2014: Female pilots holding bouquets of flowers pose with Kim Jong-un as he provides field guidance for a flight drillReuters
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19 October 2014: Kim Jong-un laughs as he meets North Korean athletes who won gold medals at the Asian Games and other major sporting eventsReuters
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24 April 2014: Women soldiers cling to the North Korean leader as he arrives to guide a multiple rocket-launching drillReuters
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17 April 2014: Kim Jong-un is mobbed by female members of the Korean People's Air ForceReuters
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March 22, 2014: Kim Jong-un smiles as women surround him at the Ryugyong Dental Hospital and Okryu Children's Hospital in PyongyangReuters/KCNA
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March 7, 2014: Female pilots gather excitedly around their leader as he supervises a flight drill of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 2620Reuters/KCNA
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28 December 2013: Women soldiers are delighted as the North Korean leader visits an outpost of the Korean People's Army at Mount OsungReuters
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3 August 2013: Female war veterans and commanding officers clamour to meet Kim Jong-un after a military parade held in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the truce of the Korean WarReuters
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August 1, 2013: Members of the women's national football team cry as Kim Jong-un walks with them after they won the East Asian Cup championship in SeoulReuters/KCNA
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16 July 2013: Female workers cling to the North Korean leader as he visits a mushroom farmReuters
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7 March 2013: Crying women with children greet Kim Jong-un during his visit to the Jangjae Islet Defence Detachment and Mu Islet Hero Defence Detachment, near the border with South KoreaReuters
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24 August 2012: Kim Jong-un is surrounded by crying female soldiers as he visits the Thrice Three-Revolution Red Flag Kamnamu CompanyReuters

Incidentally, North Korea didn't release any photos of Mr Kim meeting the men's football team at the airport – they lost to South Korea.