Sunday 21 December 2014

North Korea: Kim Jong-un takes a spin in a submarine

Published 16/06/2014 | 14:19

DEAR leader Kim Jong-un has been taking a spin on a submarine, newly released pictures show.

In images reminiscent of 'Team America: World Police', he has been pictured on a submarine's bridge during a visit to a base where he said it was necessary to "bolster up the underwater operation capability of submarines".

The pictures were released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), show Mr Kim, taking charge of a drill, although he has no maritime training. 

The North Korean dictator "set the course of the submarine to the captain and taught him a good method of navigation,"  on his visit to Korean People's Army's Naval Unit 167, KCNA reported.

"The Party Central Committee is attaching great importance to the combined units of submarines," Mr Kim added.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Jangchon Vegetable Co-op Farm in the Sadong District of Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) June 10, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women's sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Songdowon International Children's Camp, as its remodelling project nears completion, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) April 21, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
North Koreans visit bronze statues of North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung (behind L) and late leader Kim Jong Il at Mansudae in Pyongyang, in this photo taken and provided by Kyodo on April 15, 2014, on the 102nd birthday of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. MANDATORY CREDIT REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES
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Kim Jong Un with his aunt Kim Kyong Hui, whose husband Jang Song Thaek was executed last week
Kim Jongun, centre, next to his wife Ri Solju, left, talks to Dennis Rodman, while watching a basketball game between North Korean players and former NBA players in Pyongyang. KCNA
North Korean girls walk towards bronze statues of North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il (not in picture) as they offer flowers at Mansudae in Pyongyang, in this photo taken and provided by Kyodo on April 15, 2014, on the 102nd birthday of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. MANDATORY CREDIT REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES

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