North Korea has marked the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il with vows to unite behind his son, Kim Jong Un, and a series of events to show the world that the regime has returned to business as usual despite the execution last week of Kim's once-powerful uncle. Kim Jong Un sat silently as a stadium full of military and party officials paid homage to his father today.
The high-profile purge of his uncle heightened questions over the stability of Kim's two-year-old leadership and cast doubt on the North's carefully cultivated image of total unity, but today's anniversary events were a predictable show of reverence for the Kims' leadership. There may be some empty seats at next year's events for the elder Kim: Experts believe the execution may be just the beginning of a "reign of terror" to eliminate Kim's potential rivals. (Read more Kim Jong Il stories.)