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Kim Jong Un took charge of a flight drill conducted by North Korea's air force Thursday and praised the pilots for demonstrating the "high art of aviation," according to a report from the state-run Korean Central News Agency. The young leader clambered into the cockpit of a stationary plane himself, even though he is still walking with a cane after a mysterious six-week absence that South Korea's spy agency says was due to ankle surgery.

Kim Jong Un sits at a desk as he guides a flight drill by the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force.KCNA via Reuters