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North Korean state funeral gets underway

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North Korea has begun a two-day funeral for its late leader Kim Jong-il who died of a heart attack on December 17, according to state media.

Through thick snow, the funeral cortege processed along the capital Pyongyang’s streets. Despite the harsh weather, thousands lined the route.

North Korean television is broadcasting live from the scene with added pictures of distraught mourners.

Few details of the exact proceedings over the next two days are known but it is expected that the ceremony will firmly establish the line of succession with Kim’s son, Kim Jong-un, as the new leader.