North Korea Marks Anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s Death

Amid anxiety about high-level purges

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North Korea commemorated the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death on Tuesday, just after the purging of a top official in Pyongyang.

Images showed North Koreans laying flowers at monuments to Kim Kong Il and his father, Kim Il Sung, the first leader of North Korea, BBC reports.

Last week, Kim Jong Il’s son and successor, Kim Jong Un, presided over the execution of his uncle, former National Defense Commission chairman Jang Song Taek. He was married to Kim Jong Il’s sister, who was spared from the purge. He was accused of multiple crimes, including treason.