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South Korea’s President Warns North against Provocations

South Korea's president opened the door Monday to possible nuclear talks with North Korea and warned the neighboring country to avoid any provocations, saying the Korean peninsula is at a crucial turning point.

Lee Myung-bak's comments in a nationally televised speech come as the young son of the late Kim Jong Il takes power in North Korea as Supreme Commander of the military and ruling party leader after Kim's death last month. The North vowed Sunday in a New Year's message that it would bolster its military and defend the son, Kim Jong Un, "unto death."

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S. Korea Activists Launch Anti-North Leaflets

A group of anti-North Korea activists in Seoul on Sunday launched leaflets that criticized the North's new leader and urged its people to rise up against the communist regime, a group leader said.

About 70 activists floated large gas-filled balloons carrying some 50,000 leaflets and instant noodles after an anti-Pyngyang rally at Imjingak, a tourist site near the border north of Seoul, said Choi Woo-Won.

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North Korea Declares Kim Jong-Un Supreme Military Commander

North Korea said Saturday new leader Kim Jong-Un has formally been appointed supreme military commander, another sign he is tightening his grip on power, as it renewed vitriolic attacks on Seoul.

Jong-Un had already been declared "supreme leader" of the country during memorial ceremonies for his late father Kim Jong-Il on Thursday, as the nation ended 13 days of mourning.

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N. Korea Vows No Change Under Kim Jong-Un, Threatens Seoul

North Korea warned the world Friday to expect no policy changes under new leader Kim Jong-Un, and threatened retaliation against South Korea for "rubbing salt" into the wounds of its grieving people.

The tough statement came a day after the communist nation ended 13 days of mourning for late leader Kim Jong-Il, and proclaimed his son Jong-Un as new supreme chief at a massive memorial ceremony.

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North Korea Acclaims New Supreme Leader at Huge Parade

North Korea staged a massive memorial service for Kim Jong-Il on Thursday to end 13 days of official mourning, and formally declared his untested young son Jong-Un as the new supreme leader.

Addressing tens of thousands of troops and civilians packing a wintry Pyongyang square, ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-Nam praised the late leader for contributing to "global peace and stability of the 21st century.”

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N. Korea Bids Wintry Farewell to Late Leader

Tens of thousands of weeping North Koreans bade farewell Wednesday to longtime leader Kim Jong-Il as his young son and successor walked beside his father's coffin through a snowbound Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-Un was at the forefront of the three-hour procession, in what analysts said was an attempt to bolster the image of the untested new leader of the impoverished but nuclear-armed nation.

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N. Korea Prepares Huge Send-Off for Late Leader

North Korea was Tuesday preparing a massive ceremonial farewell to late leader Kim Jong-Il as it strove to strengthen a new personality cult around his youthful son and successor Jong-Un.

The secretive state has so far given no details of Wednesday's funeral for its "Dear Leader" of the past 17 years and has not invited foreign delegations to the ceremony.

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S. Korean Spy Chief under Fire over Kim's Death

South Korea's spy chief has come under fire for questioning North Korea's account of leader Kim Jong-Il's death, as well as failing to learn about his demise before it was officially announced.

The North said Monday that the 69-year-old Kim had died of a heart attack two days previously while on a train during one of his "field guidance" tours, portraying him as a martyr to duty despite the bitter cold.

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Report: N. Korea's Leader Issues First Army Order

North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-Un issued his first military order just before his father's death was announced, suggesting the son already controls the armed forces, a report said Wednesday.

Jong-Un ordered all units to halt field exercises and training and return to their bases, Yonhap news agency quoted a senior Seoul government source as saying.

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Kim Jong Il's Body Displayed as Son Visits Coffin

The body of North Korea's long-time ruler Kim Jong Il was laid out in a glass coffin Tuesday as weeping mourners filled public plazas and state media fed a budding personality cult around his third son, hailing him as "born of heaven."

North Korea's official television showed still photos of Kim in the coffin surrounded by wreaths, his body covered with a red blanket and his head on a white pillow. A giant red curtain covered a wall behind Kim.

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