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North Koreans pay their respects to the late leader Kim Jong-il in front of his portrait in Chagang, North Korea, on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

North Koreans pay their respects to the late leader Kim Jong-il in front of his portrait in Chagang, North Korea, on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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