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N Korea at crossroads

10 years in, Kim Jong Un steps out of his grandfather's shadow

North Korean leader's weight loss evidence of his desire for long-term rule

SEOUL -- As Kim Jong Un approaches 10 years since becoming North Korea's leader, he has increasingly focused on carving out a legacy independent from the father and the grandfather who were worshipped during their rule. 

2021 was a year of "victory," Kim told the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee on Dec. 1, boasting his own accomplishments. 

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