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GRIEF: North Koreans were in a state of mourning in Pyongyang on Monday after learning of the demise of their leader, Kim Jong-il, who died Saturday. The Marxist dictator had inherited power from his father and ruled for 17 years. (Associated Press)

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A South Korean soldier uses binoculars to watch North Korea from a guard post in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas in Cheolwon, South Korea, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, after news of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Hae-ryoung)

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** FILE ** In this Oct. 9, 2010, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Kim Jong-un, the third son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, applauds while watching the Arirang mass games performance staged to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Yao Dawei)

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks at the Blue House in Seoul on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, during an emergency meeting of the National Security Council over North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (second from right) presides over an emergency meeting of the National Security Council at the Blue House in Seoul on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

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North Korean diplomatic staff lower their national flag to half-mast on the roof of their embassy in Beijing on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, to mourn the death of the country's leader, Kim Jong-il. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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In this image made from Associated Press Television News, North Koreans mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in front of a mural depicting Mr. Kim and his father, Kim Il-sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/APTN)

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North Koreans cry and scream in a display of mourning for their leader, Kim Jong-il, at the foot of a giant statue of his father, Kim Il-sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea, after Kim Jong-il's death was announced on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/APTN)

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In this image made from television and provided by CCTV, China's state broadcaster, a North Korean man reacts to the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/CCTV)

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Hundreds of North Koreans gather in front of a giant statue of former leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, to mourn the death of Kim Jong-il. (AP Photo/APTN)

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Women collapse in tears as North Koreans gather on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in Pyongyang, North Korea, after learning of the death of their leader, Kim Jong-il. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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North Koreans in the capital, Pyongyang, cry after learning on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, of the death of their leader, Kim Jong-il. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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Under framed portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung (left) and his son, Kim Jong-il, airline passengers arrive at the Pyongyang, North Korea, airport on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. North Korean state media reported Monday that Kim Jong-il died on Saturday of a heart attack. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-il applauds following a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

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** FILE ** In this Oct. 10, 2010, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (right) and his son Kim Jong-un attend a massive military parade to mark the 65th anniversary of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

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** FILE ** In this July 26, 2001, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il rings a bell that was presented to him at the Khasan railway station. (AP Photo/Igor Kochetkov, File)

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** FILE ** Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, on Aug. 23, 2002. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

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In this undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Saturday, May 28, 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (center right), accompanied by his son Kim Jong-un (third from right), inspect the construction site of the Huichon Power Station in Jokang Do, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (left) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright at the Pae Kha Hawon Guest House in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 23, 2000. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)

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** FILE ** In this Aug. 4, 2009, photo, former U.S. President Bill Clinton (left) meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyonggyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)