A NEW photo of Kim Jong-un with his sister and three high-ranking officials has revealed remarkable new details about the tyrant's regime.
The image shows Kim next to Kim Yo-jong, one of the very few people allowed to smile and appear relaxed in such moments.
He explained that the recently released photo alongside members of his committee who visited the South for the Winter Olympics was designed to show the leadership as more relaxed.
Another indicator of this is the fact Kim is holding hands with leading formal head of state Kim Yong-nam, while the dictator's sister also holds his arm as a display of affection.
Finally, Madden suggests the image may show a degree of spontaneity, given two other officials are still clutching their notebooks.
He writes: "It softens some of the sharp edges and shows a youthful leader so confident in his role and position in the regime that he is ready to deal with the South."
The first Kim dynasty member to visit the south since the 1950-53 Korean War, Kim Yo-jong sat alongside South Korean President Moon Jae during some of the Olympic events.
The powerful Kim sister also attended Friday's opening ceremony, but before the hockey match there were none of the flag-burning protests against the North's Olympic presence that had marked the previous few days.
After delivering an invitation for Moon to visit Pyongyang earlier on Saturday, Kim arrived dressed in a black fur-collared coat and took her seat next to North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, with Olympic chief Thomas Bach also present.