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In this October 10, 1980, file photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency distributed by Korea News Service, leader Kim Il Sung stands at a podium in Pyongyang. For nearly 70 years, the three generations of the Kim family have run North Korea with an absolute rule that tolerates no dissent. The ruling family has devoted much of the country's scarce resources to its military but has constantly feared Washington is intent on destroying the authoritarian government. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

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In this July 19,1994, file photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed by the Korea News Service, the vehicle carrying the body of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung passes by the honor guard during his funeral in Pyongyang, North Korea. For nearly 70 years, the three generations of the Kim family have run North Korea with an absolute rule that tolerates no dissent. The ruling family has devoted much of the country's scarce resources to its military but has constantly feared Washington is intent on destroying the authoritarian government. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

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In this February 1948 file photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency and distributed by Korea News Service, Kim Il Sung attends the military parade celebrating the creation of the North Korean People's Army. For nearly 70 years, the three generations of the Kim family have run North Korea with an absolute rule that tolerates no dissent. The ruling family has devoted much of the country's scarce resources to its military but has constantly feared Washington is intent on destroying the authoritarian government. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

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In a photo released by Korea News Service on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, in Tokyo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, talks to officials during his inspection of the Wonsan Chemical Factory in Wonsan, Kongwon Do, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2013 file photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed Nov. 30, 2013 by the Korea News Service, U.S. citizen Merrill Newman, 85, reads a document, which North Korean authorities say was an apology that Newman wrote and read in North Korea. North Korea said Saturday Dec. 7, 2013, that it has deported the elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

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In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed Nov. 30, 2013 by the Korea News Service, U.S. citizen Merrill Newman, 85, applies his thumb print to a document which North Korean authorities say was an apology which Newman wrote and read in North Korea. Newman, an avid traveler and retired finance executive, was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave the country after a 10-day tour. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION