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Kim Jong-un birthday

Terbaru  16 Januari 2012 - 19:13 WIB
Kim Jong-un

Websites have begun describing Kim Jong-un as having the wisdom of great men.

North Korea has marked the birthday of its new leader, Kim Jong-un, with a documentary aired on state television.

Kim Jong-un became the third leader of the Communist state last month, after the sudden death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

Reporter

Lucy Williamson

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This is a documentary about the future as much as about the past. Kim Jong-un is still not yet 30: his childhood years too recent for a lingering look.

Instead, he's shown in his new role as North Korea's supreme military commander: inspecting troops, saluting, sitting in a tank. Other images, meant to reassure, show him doing all the things his father used to do: visiting factories, talking to officials, and inspecting their work.

Websites linked to the North Korean government have already begun describing the new young leader as having the wisdom of great men, and extraordinary competence.

Kim Jong-il's sudden death left a dangerous vacuum in a society raised to venerate one supreme leader. Less than a month on, North Korea's unique media machine is already working to fill it.

Lucy Williamson

Vocabulary

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lingering look: dicermati secara seksama

supreme: tertinggi

inspecting: menginspeksi

reassure: meyakinkan

wisdom: kebijaksanaan

extraordinary: luar biasa

competence: kemampuan

dangerous vacuum: kekosongan yang berbahaya

to venerate: memuliakan, mengkultuskan

media machine: mesin media

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