Kim Jong Un celebrates his birthday with a bang as he seeks to cement rule

January 7, 2016 5:38 PM

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TOKYO — Kim Jong Un turns 33 on Friday, and from the North Korean leader’s perspective, he has plenty to celebrate: Everyone’s talking about him again.

After several years of being overshadowed by the more imminent threat of the Islamic State and jockeying with Iran for the title of scariest nuclear regime, North Korea is back on the international agenda.

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