Updated: Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:15:00 GMT
Kim Jong-un: life in pictures

Third Kim to rule the north



Kim Jong-un – Life in Pictures (© KCNA/Xinhua Press/Corbis)
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With a childhood steeped in mystery, Kim Jong-un emerged from obscurity to become the third generation of his family to lead the most politically isolated state in the world. As he celebrates his birthday, we look at the key moments before and since the young leader's rise to power.

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