Photo of the Day: 14 March 2010

Photo: Reuters/KCNA PHOTO OF THE DAY 14 MARCH 2010 Kim Jong-il inspects a cotton farm of the Korean People's Army's 1596 unit in...


PHOTO OF THE DAY
14 MARCH 2010


Kim Jong-il inspects a cotton farm of the Korean People's Army's 1596 unit in an undisclosed place in North Korea. Photo released on November 29, 2009.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea's state-run (and only) news agency, sporadically releases photos of reclusive 69-year-old leader Kim Jong-il as he makes "on-the-spot" guidance visits. Kim Jong-il, continuing a practice begun by his father, Kim Il-sung, makes these visits to factories and facilities throughout the country, purportedly to offer his personal guidance. Followed by army officers, security personnel and plant managers - most carrying pencils and notepads to record the guidance of "Dear Leader" - he examines, listens, gives a talk, poses, then moves on, entourage in tow. When viewing the photos below, keep in mind that the KCNA is a state-run operation, most of the photos are undated, no photographers are credited, and independent verification of circumstances is nearly impossible. Collected here are a few recent photos released by the KCNA of Kim Jong-il giving "on-the-spot" field guidance.

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