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North Korean military soldiers take photos of a portrait of their late leader Kim Jong Il at a flower festival as part of celebrations a day before the birthday anniversary, also known as the “Day of the Shining Star,” of Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea today
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
North Koreans gather on the steps of Mansu Hill to lay flowers at the statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, on the eve of the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il
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 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.