(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — North Korea’s government is trying to prove that Kim Jong Un was talking tough long before he became the country’s “supreme leader” last month.
Kim, who stepped into the shoes of his late father, Kim Jong Il, allegedly said he’d order his country to war if any of Pyongyang’s enemies shot down a rocket.
The boast was made in April 2009. North Korea aired a documentary on state TV Sunday that showed Kim threatening war while supposedly in charge of the military’s anti-rocket interception operations back then.
The country is attempting to show that Kim is capable of running North Korea and the 1.2 million-strong military even with his limited experience.
The documentary aired on what is believed to be Kim’s 27th or 28th birthday.
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