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Flying solo: Kim Jong Un tours North Korea ski resort

Rodong Sinmun via EPA

As a tumultuous year drew to a close, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un got away from it all by taking a solo ride aboard a ski lift.

Photos released by a North Korean newspaper on Tuesday showed the young leader — who reportedly enjoyed skiing as a teenager studying in Switzerland — inspecting the multimillion-dollar Masik Pass ski resort for the second time this month

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The youngest son of Kim Jong Il succeeded his late father in 2011, becoming the third member of his family to rule the unpredictable and reclusive communist state.