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  1. Early years

    Alleged pictures of Kim Jong Un in his youth appeared in the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo on June 16, 2009. Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of Kim Jong Il, became the leader of North Korea after his father's death in December 2011. Kim Jong Un's age is unverified but he is believed to be the youngest head of state in the world. He is the third member of his family to rule the unpredictable and reclusive communist state. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Next in line

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, left, walks in front of his youngest son Kim Jong Un as they watch a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on Oct. 10, 2010. (Kyodo / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Mourning his father

    North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un cries as his father, North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il, lies in state during the run-up to his funeral in Pyongyang on Dec. 27, 2011, in this image captured from video. (Reuters TV) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Standing behind their leader

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front row, center) poses with soldiers of the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People's Army on Jan. 1, 2012, at an undisclosed location in North Korea. This image was released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency. (KCNA via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Culinary display

    North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un visits the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su 105 Guards Tank Division of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang in this picture released by the state's official news agency on Jan. 1, 2012. North Korea called on its people to rally behind their new leader and protect him as "human shields" while working to solve the "burning issue" of food shortages by upholding the policies of his late father, Kim Jong Il. (KCNA via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. New hero

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse in this undated still image taken from video released by North Korean state television on Jan. 8, 2012. North Korea's state television broadcast a new documentary of its supreme commander Kim Jong Un on his birthday, seen as an effort to idolize the young and untested leader. (KRT via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Military might

    North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inspects an armored vehicle in this undated still image taken from video released by North Korean state television on Jan. 8, 2012. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was named marshal of the country's army, completing his control over the state and military, North Korean media reported on July 18, 2012. (KRT via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Taking aim

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un aims a rifle at the Sporting Bullet Factory in this undated picture released by the state news agency on Feb. 23, 2012. (KCNA via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Newlyweds

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, visit the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by the state news agency on July 25, 2012. North Korea's new young leader is married, state media said on July 25, putting an end to speculation over the relationship with a woman seen at his side during recent events. (KCNA via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Reaching out

    Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wif, Ri Sol Ju, touches a display as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang on July 25, 2012. (KCNA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Thrillseeker

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second row at right, enjoys a ride at the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang in this image taken from the website of the state news agency on July 26, 2012. Kim and his wife attended a ceremony to mark the completion of the amusement park on July 25. (KCNA via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Young leader

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves as he visits military units on islands southwest of Pyongyang in this undated picture released by the state news agency on Aug. 19, 2012. (KCNA via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A family's new home

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Jol Ju chat with family members of Pak Sung-Il , second from right, a worker from the City Beautification Office in the Central District in Pyongyang, in this image released by the state news agency on Sept. 5, 2012. The family had recently moved into a new apartment on Changjon Street in Pyongyang and the first couple toured the new building, visiting with several families. (KCNA via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. The adoration of the people

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Thrice Three-Revolution Red Flag Kamnamu (persimmon tree) Company under the Korean People's Army Unit 4302 in this undated picture released by state news agency in Pyongyang on Aug. 24, 2012. (KCNA via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Taking notes

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the West Sea Satellite Launch Site in Cholsan County, where the North launched the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket carrying the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite, in this picture released by the state news agency on Dec. 15, 2012. The launch allowed North Korea to put a satellite in space for the first time.

    With successful launch, Kim and allies cement rule in North Korea (KCNA via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Smoke break

    Kim Jong Un smokes a cigarette at the General Satellite Control and Command Center after the launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket on Dec. 12, 2012. (KCNA via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A year later

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the inaugural ceremony of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on the first anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death on Dec. 17, 2012. (Kyodo via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. American visitor

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 28, in this photo courtesy of VICE. Rodman departed the country on March 1, calling Kim an "awesome guy." He drank and dined on sushi with the authoritarian leader after watching the basketball game. (VICE via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Looking south

    Kim Jong Un uses binoculars to look at South Korean territory from an observation post on Jangjae islet in the southwestern sector of North Korea's border with South Korea on March 7, 2013. (KCNA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Crowded boat

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at military officers after inspecting the Wolnae Islet Defense Detachment, near the western sea border with South Korea on March 11, 2013. (KCNA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Hero's welcome

    Troops react as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) inspects the Jangjae Islet Defense Detachment and Mu Islet Hero Defense Detachment in the southwestern sector of North Korea in a photo released on March 8, 2013, by North Korea's official news agency. (KCNA via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Powerful gaze

    Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of military security personnel in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Nov. 20, 2013, in this picture released by the North's ruling Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun. It was the first meeting of its kind in 20 years, spawning speculations that the North is trying to shield the military from capitalist and anti-regime influences, and solidify internal discipline. (Rodong Sinmun / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Before the purge

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walks past his uncle, North Korean politician Jang Song Thaek, during a military parade in Pyongyang on Feb. 16, 2012. North Korea said Dec. 13, 2013, that it executed Jang as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader's former mentor, long considered the country's No. 2. In a sharp reversal of the popular image of Jang Song Thaek as a kindly uncle guiding young leader Kim Jong Un as he consolidated power, the North's official Korean Central News Agency indicated that Jang instead saw the death of Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, in December 2011 as an opportunity to challenge his nephew and win power. (Kyodo / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Business as usual

    Kim Jong Un visits the August 25 Fisheries Station under Korean Peoples' Army (KPA) 313 Unit in an image released Dec. 16, 2013. 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. (KCNA via KNS / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: Kim Jong Un directs army to ‘annihilate the enemy’

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    >>> good evening. we fought a war there 60 years ago that quickly became a cold war . but tonight relations with north korea have turned decidedly hot once again. north korea has threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the united states . today they cancelled the armistice that stopped the fighting six decades ago, and they have cut off the hotline between north and south korea that was designed to at least keep lines of communication open during a crisis. make no mistake. north korea has been saber rattling and threatening the u.s. and south korea for years. but the real concern for now is that north korea is under new management -- a 28-year-old who learned under his father and seems to love american basketball but not america. our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell watching all this from our d.c. newsroom to start us off. andrea, good evening.

    >> reporter: good evening, brian. this is exactly what the u.s. feared when that untested 28-year-old took control of the world's most secretive nuclear nation . he carried out his threat today, cancelling the 60-year truce that ended the korean war . a step experts say could lead to a dangerous miscalculation. north korean soldiers being whipped into a near frenzy against the u.s. they shout "destroy american imperialist aggressor, the deadly enemy of north korean people, destroy, destroy, destroy." firing them up, their untested young leader kim jong un. inspecting fortifications across the waters from the de mille tarized zone with south korea . he told the troops to be ready to annihilate the enemy at any moment. so far a war of words as kim jong un tries to prove his strength and test south korea 's newly elected female president , park geun-hye, who held her first cabinet meeting today. as troops held annual exercises, experts worry the threats could get out of control.

    >> this young leader clearly has displayed some very unpredictable behavior. whether it's firing missiles in weeks following an agreement with the united states or whether it's meeting with dennis rodman .

    >> reporter: kim cancelled the hotline between north and south . all this prompting a stern warning from the white house .

    >> we are certainly concerned by north korea 's bellicose rhetoric.

    >> reporter: the white house pressured china to stop kim before it's too late.

    >> we believe that no country, including china, should conduct business as usual with the north that threatens its neighbors.

    >> reporter: pyongyang is so desperate for cash it hasn't cancelled access to a shared factory zone across the border. a major concern is that the threats will misfire, leading to a shooting war with america's south korean allies and instantly engaging the united states . brian?

    >> andrea mitchell watching with the rest of us from our d.c. newsroom. andrea, thanks.

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