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North Korea's Kim Jong Un in flurry of public tours after uncle's purge

Published on Dec 16, 2013 1:42 PM
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) visiting the Masik-Ryong Ski Resort, his pet project near Wonsan, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on Dec 15, 2013. Mr Kim spent a whirlwind weekend making public appearances around the country, which analysts said were intended to demonstrate his firm grip on power following the shock execution of his uncle. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent a whirlwind weekend making public appearances around the country, which analysts said were intended to demonstrate his firm grip on power following the shock execution of his uncle.

In an unusual flurry of visits, since Saturday the official Korean Central News Agency has reported on Mr Kim's "field guidance" trips to a military design centre, a luxury ski resort and a military fish warehouse as well as attending the wake of a late senior party official.

Photos of his latest trip to the fish warehouse reported on Monday showed Mr Kim smiling while walking with top military officials who accompanied him.

He "couldn't hold back joy or stop smiling" after being told fish production had grown dramatically this year, KCNA said, adding he had sent a handwritten thank-you letter to the manager of the facility.

 
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