Close up of North Korean soldier in tight blue outfit 121021 CREDIT KCNA VIA REUTERS
Social media users speculated on the role of the brightly dressed soldier (Picture: KCNA via Reuters).
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Who's this brightly-dressed North Korean soldier going viral?

The serviceman caught the attention of social media users after being among personnel who posed for a photo with leader Kim Jong Un.

Close up of North Korean soldier in tight blue outfit 121021 CREDIT KCNA VIA REUTERS
Social media users speculated on the role of the brightly dressed soldier (Picture: KCNA via Reuters).

A North Korean soldier wearing tight blue clothing has generated a buzz on social media, with some likening the outfit to that of a "superhero".

The serviceman was among about 30 personnel who posed for a photo with leader Kim Jong Un during an exhibition of weapons systems this week.

It comes as Mr Kim accused the United States of creating tensions, while vowing to build an "invincible" North Korean military.

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Some Twitter users in South Korea and elsewhere joked about his appearance, saying he looks like a "human cannonball".

Others called him a "superhero", a "captain DPRK" – the official acronym for North Korea, and a "super soldier".

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un takes pictures with military personnel at the Defence Development Exhibition, in Pyongyang including soldier in tight blue outfit 121021 CREDIT KCNA VIA REUTERS
The North Korean soldier in the blue outfit was posing for a photo with Kim Jong Un (Picture: KCNA via Reuters).

There have been suggestions the serviceman photographed is a parachutist, with other photos showing Kim Jong Un watching a group of jets flying in a formation during an air show ahead of the exhibition.

The official Korean Central News Agency said a "top-notch parachutist showed landing skills, fluttering red party flag in the sky" before the exhibition's opening ceremony.

Photos of an earlier air show in North Korea showed parachutists wearing similar tight blue outfits.