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Watch Kim Jong Un, US general warns

Says North Korean leader powerful, unpredictable

SEOUL — The outgoing commander of US military forces on the Korean peninsula said Tuesday that North Korea’s youthful and enigmatic leader, Kim Jong Un, has consolidated power, even as he dashed international hopes that he might turn out to be a reformer.

“It’s clear to me that he’s in charge up there,” said Army General James D. Thurman, who is retiring and will leave his post this week as the commander of 28,500 US troops in South Korea. “We’ve got to keep a close watch on him, every day, and that’s what we try to do.”

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