Kim Jong-un Watches Over Shooting Exercises

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has lately been boosting his martial image by overseeing all kinds of shooting exercises.

He observed a shooting competition among staff of a military school on March 12; a competition among Army corps commanders on Monday; and a match between the Kim Jong-suk Naval Academy and the Kim Chaek Air Force Academy on Wednesday, according to the official Rodong Sinmun daily.

Experts believe Kim is trying to establish military discipline and make senior military officers compete with each other to show their loyalty.

As if asserting his authority to old military officers, Kim is often seen lounging sideways in his chair and smoking a cigarette while the officers have to keep their backs straight. 

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 20, 2014 12:07 KST