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December 17th, 2013
06:35 AM ET

North Korea's Top Brass Commemorates Kim Jong Il's Death

On the second anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, the nation held a memorial in his honor, lauding his life and achievements, reports CNN's Anna Coren. 

During the ceremony, his son, Kim Jong Un sat front and center below the image of his father, which was festooned in gold-colored flowers. He assumed power after his father's death in 2011.

The memorial marking the death of the elder Kim brought out what looked like thousands of party members and military personnel, who dressed in black or in green uniforms, into Pyongyang Gymnasium. They clapped in in synchrony, raising their hands above their shoulders.

The anniversary came a week after an uncharacteristically public announcement of the execution of Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaekthat raised speculation about turmoil within the North Korean leadership.

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