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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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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)

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In this undated photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, Kim Jong Un, center, the third son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il inspects the newly-built State Theater in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, left, stands on the stage during his inspection of the newly-built State Theater in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, fireworks explode during an evening celebration marking the 65th anniversary of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo released on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un, center in front, poses with North Korean soldiers who participated in a coordinated drill of a military unit of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea's heir apparent observed military drills with his father, according to a state media report Tuesday, heralding a growing public profile for Kim Jong Un as he takes on a more prominent role in the reclusive nation. Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army Ri Yong Ho stands at front right and Defense Chief Kim Yong Chun stands at second right in front. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo released on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il wearing sunglasses at center front and his third son Kim Jong Un wearing black suit, standing third from Kim Jong Il's left, pose with North Korean soldiers who participated in a coordinated drill of a military unit of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea's heir apparent observed military drills with his father, according to a state media report Tuesday, heralding a growing public profile for Kim Jong Un as he takes on a more prominent role in the reclusive nation. Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army Ri Yong Ho stands at first from Kim Jong Il's left and Defense Chief Kim Yong Chun stands at second from Kim Jong Il's left. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo released on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il wearing sunglasses at center front and his third son Kim Jong Un wearing black suit, standing third from Kim Jong Il's left, pose with North Korean soldiers who participated in a coordinated drill of a military unit of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea's heir apparent observed military drills with his father, according to a state media report Tuesday, heralding a growing public profile for Kim Jong Un as he takes on a more prominent role in the reclusive nation. Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army Ri Yong Ho stands at first from Kim Jong Il's left and Defense Chief Kim Yong Chun stands at second from Kim Jong Il's left. Kim Jong Il's younger sister, Kim Kyong Hui, a general in the Korean People's Army, stands at 4th right in front, and her husband Jang Song Thaek stands at right in front. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo released on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, front right, and his third son Kim Jong Un, front left, pose with North Korean soldiers who participated in a coordinated drill of a military unit of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea's heir apparent observed military drills with his father, according to a state media report Tuesday, heralding a growing public profile for Kim Jong Un as he takes on a more prominent role in the reclusive nation. Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army Ri Yong Ho stands at second right in front and Defense Chief Kim Yong Chun stands at second left in front. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo released on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center in front, poses with senior Workers' Party officials in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo released on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il, right, poses for a group photo with newly elected members of the central leadership body of the Workers Party of Korea (WPK) and the participants in the WPK Conference in front of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, in Pyongyang, North Korea. A north Korean newspaper which used the photo Thursday identified Kim Jong Un, the third son of Kim Jong Il, as being in the photo, believed to be at left. At center is Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this undated photo released on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, a man believed to be North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il's third son Kim Jong Un poses in a group photo with newly elected members of the central leadership body of the Workers Party of Korea (WPK) and the participants in the WPK Conference as well as his father, at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo, North Koreans gather in Kim Il Sung Square during a ceremony hosted by the Pyongyang city to celebrate the re-election of their leader Kim Jong Il to the ruling party's top position, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo, North Koreans clap hands during a ceremony hosted by the Pyongyang city to celebrate the re-election of their leader Kim Jong Il to the ruling party's top position, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. The slogan reads: "Let's defend the party's central committee headed by Dear Leader Kim Jong Il by risking our lives!" AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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Delegates clap in unison during the ruling Workers' Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. The Korean Central News Agency said Kim Kyong-hui (third from right in the front row), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, retained her position as a department director on the Central Committee and gained a new post as a member of the Central Committee's Political Bureau. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean youth dance to celebrate North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's re-election to the party's top position of general secretary in a Workers' Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean youth dance to celebrate North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's re-election to the party's top position of general secretary in Workers' Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

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In this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency, delegates to North Korea's ruling Workers' Party meeting arrive Monday in Pyongyang, North Korea. The reclusive Stalinist state holds its biggest political gathering in decades Tuesday. (Associated Press)