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North Korea calls Kim Jong Un 'supreme leader'

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North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un looks on, as he is flanked by President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong-nam (R) and Chief of General Staff of the Korea People's Army Ri Yong-ho (L), during the memorial for late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, in this still image taken from video Dec. 29, 2011. North Korea's military staged a huge funeral procession on Wednesday in the snowy streets of the capital Pyongyang for its deceased "dear leader," Kim Jong-il, readying a transition to his son, Kim Jong-un.

AP reports: PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea declared Kim Jong Il's son and successor "supreme leader" of the ruling party, military and the people during a memorial Thursday for his father in the government's first public endorsement of his leadership.

Kim Jong Un — head bowed and somber in a dark overcoat — stood watching from a balcony at the Grand People's Study House overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, flanked by the top party and military officials. Also on the balcony was Kim Jong Il's younger sister, Kim Kyong Hui, who is expected to play a guardian role for her young nephew

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An overhead view of North Koreans gathering during the memorial for late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, in this still image taken from video Dec. 29, 2011. North Korea's military staged a huge funeral procession on Wednesday in the snowy streets of the capital Pyongyang for its deceased "dear leader," Kim Jong-il, readying a transition to his son, Kim Jong-un.

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North Korean flags fly at half-mast on fishing boats after the funeral of the late leader Kim Jong-Il, at the Chinese North Korean border area near Dandong on Dec. 29, 2011.

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People watch the memorial service for late North Korea leader Kim Jong-Il on television at a train station in Seoul on Dec. 29, 2011. North Korea staged a massive memorial service for late leader Kim Jong-Il attended by tens of thousands, and declared his untested young son and successor the supreme party and military chief.