By ERIC TALMADGENorth Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. Though focused on remembrances of his father, the anniversary also marks Kim's own rise to power. The death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, 2011, thrust Kim into power when he was still in his late 20s and a virtual unknown figure outside of the North. The national news agency, KCNA, instead ran stories about memorials to Kim Jong Il in Libya, Russia and Serbia. North Korean adults wear pins over their hearts bearing the likenesses of Kim Il Sung of Kim Jong Il, or both.
Source: Libya Today December 16, 2018 06:56 UTC