North Korea marks sixth anniversary of Kim Jong-Il's death

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From early morning, North Koreans laid flowers before the large bronze figures of Jong-il and his father Kim Il-sung on Mansu Hill in the heart of Pyongyang.

The US Naval Academy just made a startling discovery recalling the violent past between the US and North Korea's Kim dynasty while moving around some old war memorabilia.

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Last year, North Korea held a memorial service to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, who died of a heart attack on December 17, 2011 at age 69.

North Korea's main official newspaper Rodong Sinmun ran an editorial on its front page praising Kim Jong Il, saying his "behests and exploits have served as the driving force for achieving epoch-making miracles in defending socialism and building a thriving country".

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And based on the information we have about North Korea's current leader, it doesn't seem like he and his father were all that close.

Servicepersons and civilians of the DPRK visit the statues of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the greatest memorial day of the nation, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 17, 2017. Some delegates, during the area committee meeting, also raised the issue of putting up display material with the picture of Kim - a cruel dictator who eliminated even his kith and kin to remain in power.

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Shi Yinhong, an expert in worldwide relations, said today that China - once a key ally of North Korea - is rapidly losing control of the situation on the Korean peninsula. In the past, North Korea has coordinated missile launches to coincide with significant days in the nationl calendar.

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