NPR logo An Enigma In Full View: North Korea's 'Dear Leader'


An Enigma In Full View: North Korea's 'Dear Leader'

Kim Jong-Il at a bottling plant.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency via the Korean News Service on November 25, 2010 shows Kim Jong-Il inspecting the Kangso Mineral Water Processing Factory in South Pyongan province. You can see more images like this on the Tumblr blog Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things. KNS/Getty hide caption

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North Korea has long been a black box to the rest of the world. Even its ally China is not fully up to speed on what is happening there, according to a report by The New York Times, based on leaked U.S. diplomatic documents.

While it's true that no one seems to know what North Korea will do next, from deadly attacks on South Korea to new adventures in nuclear technology, that does not mean you can't keep up with the country's "Dear Leader."

Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things is a Tumblr blog that recently began posting photos of the mercurial North Korean dictator's outings. While the original intention of the photos may have been pro-regime propaganda, in the hands of the Internet these collected photos come across somewhat differently.



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