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North Korea holds funeral for Kim Jong-il

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North Korea holds funeral for Kim Jong-il


North Korea has begun two days of funeral ceremonies for its late leader Kim Jong-il.

State television showed thousands of soldiers and civilians lining the streets of Pyongyang as a massive procession passed by.

The scenes of unrestrained mourning were matched by an emotional TV commentary.

Kim Jong-il died aged 69 of a heart attack on December 17, according to state media.

It has reported unusually cold and wild weather accompanying his death. Today’s snow will do nothing to quell the myth that the Dear Leader could control the elements.

At his side today and during his lying-in-state, was Kim’s successor and third son, Kim Jong-un.

Inexperienced and untested, he is believed to be only about 27 years old. But when North Korea emerges from its period of mourning, he is quickly expected to consolidate his place at the top.

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