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N. Korea acclaims new supreme leader at huge parade

North Korea on Thursday staged a massive memorial service for Kim Jong-Il to end 13 days of official mourning, and formally declared his untested young son Jong-Un as the new supreme leader. Addressing tens of thousands of troops and civilians packing a wintry Pyongyang square, ceremonial head of state Kim…

North Koreans bid farewell to Kim Jong-ll

Thousands of mourning North Koreans turned out for the memorial to say farewell to their long time leader Kim Jong-ll Wednesday morning. The three hour procession was led by Kim Jong-Un, who walked beside his father’s coffin as they traveled through the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, where long dead…

For U.S. and allies, a risky path on North Korea

WASHINGTON — The failure of foreign intelligence to detect Kim Jong-Il’s death shows just how little is known about nuclear-armed North Korea, but moves by the outside world to gain influence are also fraught with risk. All countries including China, North Korea’s primary ally, appeared to have been in the…

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