"People will be analyzing public appearances, rosters, who was standing next to whom, who was suddenly absent, who suddenly disappears," says Andrei Lankov, a North Korea specialist at Seoul's Kookmin University of the world's interest in the North's new leader, Kim Jong-un, seen inspecting the New Year's Day spread at a military post. (Korean Central News Agency via Associated Press)

"People will be analyzing public appearances, rosters, who was standing next to whom, who was suddenly absent, who suddenly disappears," says Andrei Lankov, a North Korea specialist at Seoul's Kookmin University of the world's interest in the North's new leader, Kim Jong-un, seen inspecting the New Year's Day spread at a military post. (Korean Central News Agency via Associated Press)