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North Korea's heir apparent Kim Jong-un appears with father Kim Jong-il at military parade

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(Read caption) North Korea leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un attends a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday. This year's celebration comes less than two weeks after Kim Jong Il's re-election to the party's top post and the news that his 20-something son would succeed his father as leader.

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Kim Jong-un, the recently named heir apparent to the leadership of North Korea, appeared with his father, Kim Jong-il, at a massive military parade in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, on Sunday.

BBC News reports that Kim Jong-un's appearance with his father at the parade marking the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party, occurred the day after a similar appearance at the Arirang Games in Pyongyang. The BBC's Michael Bristow says that the events marked the first time that both Kims appeared publicly before the world's media, which was allowed to cover both the games and the parade in a break from North Korea's usual secrecy. BBC News offers video of the parade on its website.


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