T-shirt with Kim Jong Un's portrait caught on TV

North Korea's state-run TV has shown footage of an orchestra conductor wearing a T-shirt printed with the face of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.

The broadcaster on Tuesday aired video showing the opening of a defense exhibition attended by Kim in the capital Pyongyang on the previous day.

The footage shows the conductor in the white shirt bearing a large portrait of Kim as the orchestra plays the national anthem.

It is extremely rare for likenesses of Kim or previous supreme leaders of the North to be printed on T-shirts. Damaging such images carries heavy punishment, as the leaders are deified in the country.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency says the appearance of the shirt may have been intended to show the leader's friendliness. It adds that such shirts are unlikely to become popular among North Koreans because they would be hard to handle.

The defense expo showcased weapons North Korea says it has developed over the past five years. They included equivalents of intercontinental ballistic missiles.