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The country will also erect a Kim Jong Il statue and set up portraits of a smiling Kim and build "towers to his immortality" across the country, North Korea said. "Shining Star" is also seen as a reference to Kim Jong Il’s "military first" policy, which North Korea says his son Kim Jong Un will take up.

The North’s state media have sought since Kim Jong Il’s Dec. 17 death to show Kim Jong Un as a strong, confident military leader, but outside observers are watching to see if he can impose his will over the military and government as strongly as his father did during 17 years of absolute rule.

North Korea has quickly handed Kim Jong Un a slew of his father’s prominent titles and repeatedly connected him with his father and grandfather in an effort to add legitimacy to the young leader. North Korea also has stepped up propaganda praising Kim Jong Il’s works and vowed to uphold his policies in what is seen as an attempt to justify the hereditary power transfer.

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