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Kim Jong Un: statesman and all-around normal guy?

While this view is unlikely considering Pyongyang’s reputation as a nuclear-armed pariah state, the North Korean leader, who until last week hadn’t left his isolated nation since taking power in 2011, has embarked on a surprise campaign to improve his country’s image. In the span of a week, Kim met China’s leader and the head of the International Olympic Committee and took in a performance by some of rival South Korea’s top musical stars.

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