The country also said it will erect a new Kim Jong Il statue and build 'towers to his immortality,' while the ruling party called him 'eternal leader' and gave his birthday a new title that underlines his military-first policy and links him more closely to his father, Kim Il Sung, who is still revered as the 'eternal president.'
North Koreans are mourning the death of Kim Jong-il, but the oddest sign of the cult of personality is a shrine at a supermarket escalator.
North Korea's propaganda machine gave Kim Jong-il supernatural powers, creating a mystique around the leader. Next up: his son Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack Saturday, due to 'overwork and stress' according to North Korean officials. Experts are concerned that his third son, Kim Jong-un, may feel the need to prove himself by precipitating a crisis.
Stock market futures in US edge up as tensions ease over Kim Jong Il's passing. Asia markets close lower, but stock market in Germany, Britain, and France recover.
Jun Young-su, a member of a Christian church in California, was arrested in November, the latest in a series of Americans to be held by North Korea. Christian worship is banned in the North.
Egypt has counted on North Korea for military aid. The biggest mobile phone company in the Middle East is also one of North Korea's largest investors.
Some visitors to South Korea's Aegibong Peak, where a Christmas tree stands 100 feet tall, are skeptical it sends a message of peace. North Korea has denounced the war games and the tree as 'provocations.'
North Korea and South Korea have both raised the stakes in a Yellow Sea confrontation, with each side wanting to save face.
South Korea says that North Korean forces 'launched the first shots' in an exchange of gunfire in a remote region. The flare-up comes just before a reunion of families divided by the Korean War.