Kim Jong Un Visits North Korean Soldiers Again

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un has again inspected a military unit, as the young leader continues to establish his military credentials.

The official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that Mr. Kim toured a military base and took photos with soldiers, who were “enthusiastically cheering in tears of emotion.” He was accompanied by several top army officials, including military chief Ri Yong Ho.

It is Mr. Kim's second known military inspection since being appointed supreme commander of North Korea's 1.2 million-member army following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.

Kim Jong Un, thought to be in his late 20s, does not have active military experience. But North Korean state media and top military officials have brushed off suggestions that he may be unfit to lead the communist country, instead portraying him as a brilliant military strategist.

Observers have speculated that Kim Jong Un may try to prove his military capabilities and rally support by conducting missile tests or engaging in other provocative military behavior.

But analysts say the transition thus far seems to be going smoothly, with the young leader having apparently received the full support of the military and the country's communist party.