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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)

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** FILE ** In this April 1981 photo, Kim Jong-il (left) gestures while taking a stroll with his father, North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

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In this undated photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, the country's leader, Kim Jong-il, is shown on a boat in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images)

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In this undated photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, a young Kim Jong-il works at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images)

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In this undated photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, leader Kim Il-sung and son Kim Jong-il (upper left) in his childhood observe the cockpit of a fighter aircraft. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images)

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In this undated photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, a young Kim Jong-il rides a horse. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images)

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In this undated photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, a young Kim Jong-il (second from right) appears in a souvenir picture with his friends. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images)

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In this undated photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, a young Kim Jong-il (left) is pictured with his parents, Kim Jong-suk (right) and Kim Il-sung. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Jong-iI (center) is pictured with his parents, Kim Jong-suk (left) and Kim Il-sung. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il smiles in an undated photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Images)

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

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

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il waves goodbye to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (not pictured) after a meeting at a military garrison outside Ulan-Ude, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (right) is greeted by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday at a military garrison near the city of Ulan-Ude in Buryatia, a predominantly Buddhist province near Lake Baikal, Russia. (Associated Press)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (left) meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) at a military garrison outside Ulan-Ude, Russia, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

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A limousine without license plates reportedly carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is seen in Ulan-Ude, Russia, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Anna Ogorodnik)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (in tan suit) walks up a ramp to the carriage of his armored train at the Bureya railway station in Russia's eastern Siberia region on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/IA Port Amur, www.portamur.ru)

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North Korean officials have become critical of leader Kim Jong-il, shown during a visit to a fruit farm in a photo released by the Korean Central News Agency, since his regime overhauled the country's paper currency in December 2009, according to Kang Cheol-hwan, a North Korean defector. (Associated Press)