Kim Jong Un, who was named "supreme leader" of North Korea’s people, ruling Workers’ Party and military following the death last month of his father, Kim Jong Il, was shown maneuvering a tank, observing firing exercises and posing for photographs with soldiers in footage that was shot before his father’s death and aired as a documentary Sunday.
The documentary, which aired on what is believed to be Kim Jong Un’s birthday, is the second in a week to show Kim with military units, and underlines his pledge to carry out his father’s "military first" policy. A week ago, footage showed Kim paying a New Year’s Day visit to a premier tank division with strong historical and family ties.
Late leader Kim Jong Il elevated the prominence of the Korean People’s Army after taking power following the 1994 death of his father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. North Korea, which has a population of 24 million, now has one of the world’s largest armies, with 1.2 million military personnel.