Kim Jong Un and his military photo-ops

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Kim Jong Un visits the Wolnae Islet Defence Detachment in North Korea's western sector near the disputed maritime frontier with South Korea in this undated photo.

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KCNA via KNS

Compared to some world leaders who can't seem to get enough of the limelight, there's not many photos of North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

It's tempting to try and read too much into every photo in an attempt to discern some salient information about the hermit kingdom and its foreign ways. But it's important to keep in mind the majority of pictures available to the media are supplied by North Korea's state news. 

These pictures are - like so many state released photos - meant to impart a message to the watching public. So what's the message we're supposed to receive from these photos of Kim Jong Un, who has lately been very busy as tensions with South Korea and the US continue to increase?

Well, that is the message - Kim Jong Un is busy doing important stuff. The pictures are meant to tell us (true or false) that it's leader has everything under control. 

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    Kim Jong Un visits the Wolnae Islet Defence Detachment in North Korea's western sector near the disputed maritime frontier with South Korea in this undated photo.

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    KCNA via KNS

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    Kim Jong Un inspects model military vehicles at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this undated photo.

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    KCNA via KNS

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    This picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) speaking with military officials during his inspection of landing and anti-landing drills on March 26, 2013.

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    Kim Jong Un speaks with female artilleries on March 26, 2013.

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    Kim Jong Un inspects the landing and anti-landing drills of KPA Large Combined Units 324 and 287 and KPA Navy Combined Unit 597 at an undisclosed location on North Korea's east coast on March 25, 2013.

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    Kim Jong Un inspects the landing and anti-landing drills on March 25, 2013.

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    Kim Jong Un walks towards an observation post on March 25, 2013.

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    KCNA via KNS

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    Kim Jong Un inspects overcoat samples at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this undated photo.

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    KCNA via KNS

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    Kim Jong Un inspects a long-range artillery sub-unit of Korean People's Army Unit 641 at undisclosed location in North Korea on March 12, 2013.

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    KCNA via KNS

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    Kim Jong Un inspects a long-range artillery sub-unit at an undisclosed location in North Korea on March 12, 2013.

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    KCNA via KNS

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    Kim Jong Un is greeted by soldiers as he inspects the Mu Islet Hero Defence Detachment near South Korea's Taeyonphyong Island in South Hwanghae province in this undated photo.

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    KCNA via KNS