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Kim Jong Il's post-mortem birthday party

Associated press reports —Army trucks loaded with artillery rolled by the memorial palace for North Korea's late leaders as Kim Jong Un presided over a military birthday commemoration for his father Thursday.

Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack in December, and North Koreans marked what would have been his 70th birthday by remembering him and showing support for his young son and successor.

Across Pyongyang, they bowed before Kim Jong Il's portrait and laid single blossoms in his honor on the holiday now called "Day of the Shining Star."

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North Koreans applaud as a large screen shows a portrait of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a concert in Pyongyang to commemorate his death and what would have been his 70th birthday.

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A North Korean soldier sheds tears during a parade marking the 70th birthday of the country's late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 16.

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New North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from left, applauds as he leaves the stands at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang after reviewing a parade of thousands of soldiers and commemorating the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong Il on Thursday, Feb. 16.

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A North Korean soldier smiles from the back of an army vehicle at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, before a parade of thousands of soldiers commemorating the 70th birthday of the country's late leader Kim Jong Il on Thursday, Feb. 16.

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