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Rocket still centerpiece as NKoreans mourn Kim

/ 03:21 PM December 16, 2012

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, arrives with other top leaders under a portrait of his late father Kim Jong Il as they attend a national meeting on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday. AP

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — North Korea’s top leadership is calling the successful launch of a satellite proof that Kim Jong Un has the strength to lead the country one year after his father’s death.

A solemn Kim Jong Un joined top political, government and military officials Sunday in a national memorial service at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.

The Associated Press was among a handful of foreign and local journalists allowed to cover the closed meeting, which marked the start of events marking Kim’s death. Armed soldiers ringed the streets outside.

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Kim Jong Il died on Dec. 17, 2011. North Korea sent a long-range rocket into space in his honor Wednesday, defying international warnings that the launch would be considered a banned missile test.

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