In the News – North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un’s Inner Circle Filled With Aging Military Advisors

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In the News – North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un’s Inner Circle Filled With Aging Military Advisors

This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on January 23, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd R) visiting the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School at Pyongyang for the celebration of the lunar New Year. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Wherever North Korea’s young new leader goes, they’re there: a group of graying military and political officials who shadow Kim Jong Un as he visits army bases, attends concerts and tours schools.

As Kim Jong Un steps into the role of “supreme commander” less than two months after his father’s death, these officials can be seen in the background. They listen attentively as their leader speaks during “guidance visits” and stand at his side during group photos, smiling and clapping. Continue reading