Kim Jong-un's visit to frontline bases in the recent month was to emphasize his strong discontent toward UFT, and to boost the morale of his soldiers. The North Korean military lost morale when Kim Jong-un purged Ri Yong-ho, Chief of the General Staff, and disbanded Daepoong group, the cash cow of NKorean military. Kim Jong-un's recent visit to military bases was to boost the morale of soldiers before they turn their backs on him, sending the message that Kim Jong-un has not given up military first policies.
As long as Kim Jong-un is sticking to military first policies, North Korea's economic reforms are futile. Kim Jong-un should not focus on propagandizing his role as the marshal, but revive the economy by reducing the number of people dying from starvation.