North Korean elite pledges loyalty to young leader Kim after purge

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By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's political and military elite publicly pledged their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, less than a week after he ordered the execution of a powerful family ally in a rare public purge. The young leader was the center of attention at a large memorial in Pyongyang staged to mark the second anniversary of the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. The public display of fealty came only days after the execution last week of Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, considered the second most powerful man in North Korea. Official television footage showed Kim Jong Un sitting center stage beneath a huge red mural of a flag emblazoned with a picture of his smiling father.