But Won Gil-U came to a screeching halt when he met a young woman called Ko Jong-Un, a report said.
Her forename matches that of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and Won — who is also Pyongyang’s vice sports minister — was stunned into silence.
After some moments he found his voice.
“When he turned to me, he stared at my name tag and froze for a few seconds without a word,” Ko was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.
“Then, he said: ‘I wouldn’t dare to pronounce your name’. We all broke into hearty laughter.”
The ruling Kim dynasty are revered within North Korea, where Kim Jong-Un is normally referred to as “Supreme Leader” or “Respected Marshal”.
North Korean children are taught from an…