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Meet the world's youngest dictator

Last updated on: January 9, 2012 13:03 IST

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The birthday of Kim Jong-Un, the dictator of North Korea, was celebrated by airing a documentary on the country's "supreme leader" on state television.

He is the third Kim to rule the nation since 1948 after his father Kim Jong-il (who ruled from 1994 to 2011) and grandfather Kim Il-sung (who ruled from 1948 to 1994).

According to media reports, Kim Jong-Un is estimated to have turned 28 or 29 this year. He is the world's youngest dictator.

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Image: New leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un inspects an armoured vehicle in this undated still image taken from video
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As the "supreme leader", Kim Jong-Un controls one of the world's biggest armies as well as the country's nuclear arsenal.

North Korea, which has frequent fracas with South Korea as well as the United States, has a 12-lakh strong army for a population of 2.4 crore people.

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Image: New leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un holds a weapon in this undated still image taken from video
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In the documentary, Kim Jong-Un is shown inspecting an armoured vehicle, riding a horse and having a conversation with soldiers.

The documentary is being seen as an effort to idolise the young and untested leader, who has not had as much experience in administration and military as his father.

It is also an attempt to build up a "personality cult" around the new leader, a practice followed by his father and grandfather as well.

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Image: New leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un speaks while surrounded by soldiers in this undated still image taken from video
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Not much is known about Kim Jong-Un, who was appointed as the "great successor" after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in a suspected heart attack.

According to some media reports, Kim Jong-Un was a shy boy with a fascination for basketball. He received his primary education in a school in Switzerland.

Details about his adult years remain sketchy.

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Image: New leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, rides a horse in this undated still image taken from video
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Some observers believe that the young Kim has a more flexible approach towards foreign relations compared to his father, who had cut off diplomatic ties with most nations during his infamous tenure.

Kim Jong-Un faces the herculean task of pulling his country out of the morass of poverty and a massive food crisis.

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Image: New leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un speaks while surrounded by soldiers in this undated still image
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