North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departs after the inter-Korean summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, in this still frame taken from video, South Korea April 27, 2018. Host Broadcaster via REUTERS
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The Guard Command, the military unit tasked with ensuring the safety of the leadership, is an elite institution close to the center of North Korean power -- it provides the centerpiece display of the annual kimjongilia and kimilsungia flower festivals in Pyongyang to honor Kim's father and grandfather.The arrangements for the current leader are reportedly even tighter, and during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the foundation of its regular armed forces in February, Pyongyang paraded three kinds of security units dedicated to protecting Kim's life.Kim was repeatedly seen accompanied by a stout military general in uniform with a holstered gun.Back in 1984, a 22-year-old Soviet tourist bolted from North to South at Panmunjom, triggering a gun battle in which three pursuing North Korean soldiers were killed, along with a Southern trooper, although defector Vasily Matuzok was unharmed.
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