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N. Korea heir debuts at giant parade

Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 02:00

Oct. 10 - North Korea holds a massive millitary parade marking the first major public appearance of Kim Jong-un, heir apparent to his father, leader Kim Jong-il.

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Pyongyang comes alive in a rare display of military pageantry. As North Korea's -- parent makes its first major public appearance. Kim Jong -- viewed the parade with his father and president Kim Jong do. Following the younger Kim's recent appointments to key military and political posts. State television broadcast the event live and foreign journalists were invited to attend. The event aims to boost Kim Jong -un standing in one of the world's largest armies and present him to the North Korean people. Little is known about the younger -- other than that he is in his mid to late twenties who was educated in Switzerland. Kim Jong Il is thought to have suffered a stroke in 2008. It may be in declining health. A solid succession could bring relief to North Korea's neighbors who fear a regime collapse could destabilize the region. But Kim is also poised to continue isolating the country which has worried the world with its nuclear ambitions. As the festivities wound down Koreans who took part spoke confidently of the younger Kim. Can you -- not running. Always. Our country now has three generations of great generals. This feeling of pride and excitement is too great to describe what we see beyond general that's one of our great leaders. It feels so out. -- Who do you want -- don't. A president Kim Jong Hoon would be a third generation leader . In a family dynasty that is ruled the country since its founding after World War II. David bought team Reuters.

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N. Korea heir debuts at giant parade

Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 02:00