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Two Koreas

North Korea's 'Great Leader' holds court from the grave

At the end of a gleaming, kilometer-long marble walkway and up a final staircase leading to a darkened crypt, the North Korean faithful pay tribute to the man who forged their national identity.

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Analysis: Some notes on North Korea's way, by CNN's Eason Jordan

North Korea's Kim Jong Il is arguably the world's most mysterious leader. He never meets outsiders. Only once in history has his voice been heard on North Korean radio or television. That occasion came seven years ago when, at a military parade, he was heard saying, "Glory be to the heroic Korean People's Army."

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Clinton may soon announce easing of N.Korea sanctions

President Bill Clinton may announce as early as Friday that he's easing long-standing economic sanctions against communist North Korea.

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