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  • **FILE** North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves April 15, 2012, from a balcony at the end of a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square. (Associated Press)

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  • ** FILE ** North Korean students who were selected as delegates to the Korean Children's Union pay their respects in front of bronze statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

    North Korea's Kim Jong-un stages massive children's rally

    Young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday made his second speech at a major public event since taking power in December, addressing a children's rally aimed at winning a new generation's support.

  • Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, meets with a delegation from the Associated Press at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    Top N. Korean official dismisses concerns about Kim Jong-un

    A senior North Korean party official dismissed concerns about Kim Jong-un's readiness to lead, saying he spent years working closely with his late father and helped him make key policy decisions on economic and military affairs.

  • In this undated photo released Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un, right, inspects the Pyongyang Folk Park under construction in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

    North Korea signals it's open to U.S. disarmament deal

    At first glance, it seems like business as usual: North Korea issues an indignant statement taking aim at the United States over a proposal to donate food in return for nuclear disarmament. But between the lines are glimmers of conciliation.

  • Kim Jong-un, North Korea's new young leader, gets out of a military vehicle at an undisclosed place in North Korea in this image from an undated TV video aired on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/KRT via APTN)

    N. Korean TV shows young Kim Jong-un threatening war in 2009

    North Korea's new leader vowed in 2009 to wage war if the country's enemies shot down its long-range rocket, footage aired on state television showed Sunday in the first official word of his role in military operations before his father's death.

  • In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo, Dec. 29, 2011 by the Korea News Service, mourners surround the hearse carrying the coffin of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during his funeral procession through the streets of Pyongyang, North Korea.  (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

    North Korea calls Kim Jong Un 'supreme leader'

    North Korea's power brokers publicly declared Kim Jong Un the country's supreme leader for the first time at a massive public memorial Thursday for his father, cementing the family's hold on power for another generation.

  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Koreans gather in front of a huge portrait of their late leader Kim Jong-il to mourn his death in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

    Veil of secrecy in North Korea for Kim funeral

    Late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il kept the world guessing in death as in life, with state media keeping quiet about the timing and details of his funeral Wednesday.

  • A South Korean television station airs a program about North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's birthday, seen on a TV screen at the North Korea exhibition hall of the unification observation post in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. North Koreans will celebrate their leader's 69th birthday Wednesday, one of the country's most important holidays. The screen reads "Magnificent, Birthday Party" in the Korean language. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    N. Korea's Kim Jong-il giving knockoff birthday gifts?

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North Koreans mark the 62nd anniversary of their country by laying flowers at the foot of a giant statue of their founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang.

    Dynasty talk on N. Korea's founding day

    North Korea celebrated its 62nd anniversary Thursday with odes to supreme leader Kim Jong-il and pilgrimages to his late father's statue amid hints that a political meeting believed aimed at promoting his son as successor is imminent.

  • South Koreans watch a TV broadcasting file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, left, meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. News reports say Mr. Kim may have traveled to China in what would be his second visit to the country this year.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Kim visits China as Carter waits in Pyongyang

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has turned up in China in a strangely timed visit for the reclusive leader while former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is in North Korea trying to win the release of an imprisoned American.

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