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Lapel pins with images of ex-N. Korean ruler found in South

  • North Korean soldiers keep a watch toward the south as it rains during a ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War cease-fire armistice agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

    North Korean soldiers keep a watch toward the south as it rains during a ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War cease-fire armistice agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Korean soldiers keep watch toward the south during a ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War ceasefire armistice agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

    North Korean soldiers keep watch toward the south during a ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War ceasefire armistice agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

South Korean police have found about 200 lapel pins bearing the image of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il strewn near the country's main international airport.

Police say they're analyzing security cameras to find how the lapel pins were ended up there Thursday morning.

The possession of such lapel pins would be illegal in South Korea, where praising North Korea is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

North Korea enforces strict, state-organized public reverence of the Kim family. All North Koreans must wear lapel pins carrying the images of both Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung or the images of either of them.

Seoul says Pyongyang has not published a lapel pin for current leader Kim Jong Un, the son of Kim Jong Il.