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More significant, however, is the fact that Kim has reportedly refused to allow statues in his likeness to be erected in the past as this would symbolise the end of a regime.
"This statue means that Kim Jong-Il is passing into history and legend in North Korea and I'm more convinced than ever that his successor will be announced soon," said Professor Toshimitsu Shigemura, an expert on North Korean politics at Tokyo's Waseda University.
Originally posted by Everton
I just read that during NK's 2007 flash floods many children died as their parents had chosen to save pictures of the Dear Leader and his father over their own kids.