This picture taken by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 1, 2012 shows new North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (front row-C) posing for photos with soldiers of the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People’s Army honored with the title of the O Jung Hup-led Seventh Regiment at an undisclosed place in North Korea.
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Kim Jong Il’s aides were standing around a billiard table in the game room of one of the Dear Leader’s villas outside Pyongyang. It was a formal occasion: they were going to meet Kim’s sons, including the one who would one day succeed him as head of what is probably the world’s most despotic regime. Kim Jong Un was dressed in a military uniform. When his father entered the room, he snapped to attention and, along with his elder brother, gave the old man a crisp salute.
It was 1990. Kim Jong Un, now the new leader of North Korea, was…

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