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A woman and her daughter their respects at statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang

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A woman and her daughter their respects at statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. Picture REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 

A group of North Korean workers and a child walk to pay their respects to late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on the anniversary of his death, outside the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun mausoleum in Pyongyang

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A group of North Korean workers and a child walk to pay their respects to late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on the anniversary of his death, outside the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun mausoleum in Pyongyang

North Koreans push their bicycles past giant portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at the end of a work day on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Wonsan, North Korea.

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North Koreans push their bicycles past giant portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at the end of a work day

North Koreans bow beneath portraits of the late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Across the capital city, North Koreans observed the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.

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North Koreans bow beneath portraits of the late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, on the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il

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Two North Korean schoolchildren bow and pay their respects to late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, whose bodies lie embalmed in the mausoleum, the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, on Thursday, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for souvenir photos in front of a fountain as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, in Pyongyang on Thursday, April 25, 2013. North Korea on Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2-million troops.

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North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for souvenir photos in front as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie, embalmed in Pyongyang. North Korea on Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2m troops.

A man, center, supervises a dancing group  during a mass folk dance in front of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.

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A man, center, supervises a dancing group during a mass folk dance in front of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 15, 2013. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.