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N Korea at crossroads

Kim Jong Un recasts party rulebook to forge own identity

North Korean leader shifts from 'military first' to 'people first' in bid to form popular mandate

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in recent months has signaled a shift away from his father's focus on the military above all. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL -- Kim Jong Un has placed the North Korean people first and foremost under revisions to the all-important governing party rulebook, according to reports that began surfacing this month, indicating that the leader is setting out to create an identity that is starkly different from his revered grandfather and father.

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