Generals
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Photos: Kim Jong Il

Generals
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, and military officials return the salutes of soldiers marching in a parade in Pyongyang in October 2005. (Korean Central News Agency)
Fireworks
Fireworks go off over performers in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, part of North Korea’s 60th anniversary celebration of the country’s founding. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s absence from the ceremomies led to questions about his health. (Korean Central News Agency)
Women marching
Soldiers march in a parade in Pyongyang that Kim Jong Il missed. The North Korean leader’s absence from the closely watched event set off speculation that he may have suffered a stroke. (Kyodo News)
Trucks
A military parade marking North Korea’s 60th anniversary as a nation took on added significance when Kim Jong Il, the country’s strongman leader, did not attend. (Korean Central News Agency)
Men marching
Soldiers take part in ceremonies and parades marking North Korea’s 60th anniversary even though the communist country’s leader, Kim Jong Il, did not attend. (Kyodo News)
Mural
A mural at the entrance of a pharmaceutical factory in Pyongyang, shown in June 2006, depicts North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who inherited a personality cult his father, Kim Il Sung. (Adrian Bradsha/EPA)
South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, joins hands with then-South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun after signing a peace declaration in October 2007. (AFP/Getty Images)
Portrait
A large portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il looms over a crowd packed into Pyongyang’s main plaza in January 2003 in support the country’s withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (Gong Yidong/Xinhua)
Inspection
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, is briefed by a field commander during a military exercise in February 2003. (AFP/Getty Images)
Albright
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, left, then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and an unidentified military official applaud a performance in Pyongyang in October 2000. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP)
Jiang
Then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin, right, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a June 2000 meeting in Beijing. (Xinhua)
Meeting
North Korea’s Kim Jong Il meets with Korean People’s Army personnel in September 1988. (Korean News Service)
Father and son
North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, right, and his father Kim Il Sung, attend a party at a Korean Worker’s Party convention in October 1980. Kim Il Sung died in July 1994. (Korean News Service)
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