North Korea marks end of 3-year mourning period for late leader Kim Jong Il

December 17, 2014 4:00 AM

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North Korea marks end of 3-year mourning period for late leader Kim Jong Il

North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square, some bowing towards portraits of their late leader Kim Jong Il, as an act of respect, to mark the third anniversary of his death, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong Il on Wednesday, opening the way for his son, Kim Jong Un, to put a more personal stamp on the way the country is run. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin) (The Associated Press)

North Koreans gather at the Mansu Hill where the statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung, and Kim Jong Il tower over them Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Pyongyang, North Korea, a day before the 3rd anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (The Associated Press)

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