Tearful North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un made a rare public apology for his failings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at a huge military parade at the weekend, the tubby tyrant broke down as he admitted he has let down the country's people and also his father and grandfather.

According to a translation by English-language speaking newspaper The Korea Times, he said: "Our people have placed trust, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea, in me, but I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily.

"I am really sorry for that.

"Although I am entrusted with the important responsibility to lead this country upholding the cause of the great comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il thanks to the trust of all the people, my efforts and sincerity have not been sufficient enough to rid our people of the difficulties in their lives."

A tearful Kim Jong-un made a rare public apology over the way he has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic

Saturday's parade in the capital Pyongyang was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the formation of North Korea's Communist party.

It also saw the expected unveiling of a potentially devastating intercontinental ballistic missile, but analysts said Kim used much of his speech to sympathise with the North Korean people.

In the same speech Kim claimed the country has suffered no Covid-19 cases. Poverty has spread through the reclusive hermit state during the coronavirus pandemic with living conditions worsening for many people.

North Korea unveiled an intercontinental ballistic missile at a large military parade

The address was littered with words such as "grave challenges", "countless ordeals" and "unprecedented disasters". He also voiced hopes the North would form stronger ties with South Korea.

Hong Min, director of the North Korea division at the Korean Institute for National Unification, said: "It is important to look at why he has come to shed tears at such an occasion.

"Underneath his message, one can sense that Kim is feeling a lot of pressure on his leadership."

Saturday's showpiece event saw the first intercontinental ballistic missile displayed by the country since Kim first met US president Donald Trump in 2018, but their talks on scaling back North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes have stalled.

An American official said his country was "disappointed" that Kim was continuing to prioritise missile development while talks with the US remained deadlocked.