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New N Korean leader's uncle shows intent to help


North Korea is showing the uncle of Kim Jong-un wearing a military uniform with a general's insignia – in a sign that he will play a crucial role in helping the young man to take over power and uphold the "military-first" policy initiated by his late father, Kim Jong-il.

As North Korea prepares for Kim Jong-il's funeral on Wednesday, it is also warning South Korea not to bar visits to Pyongyang by civilian groups hoping to pay respects, saying this would lead to "catastrophic consequences" for relations between the rivals.