North Korean Heir Leads Funeral Of Kim Jong Il


Salon Staff
December 28, 2011 10:18AM (UTC)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's next leader is leading a funeral procession for his father Kim Jong Il through Pyongyang's snow-covered streets.

Footage broadcast Wednesday on North Korea's state television showed Kim Jong Un walking at the side of a sedan bearing a massive portrait of Kim Jong Il as it made its way slowly through a cold, gray Pyongyang.

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Tens of thousands of mourners stood in the snow as they passed by. Soldiers stood in lines with their heads bowed.

Kim died of a heart attack on Dec. 17.

Kim's youngest son and successor has rapidly gained prominence following his father's death.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea television is showing tens of thousands of mourners gathered in the snow at Kim Jong Il's funeral.

Footage broadcast Wednesday on North Korea's state television showed a procession led by a sedan bearing a massive portrait of Kim making its way slowly through Pyonyang. Soldiers stood in lines with their heads bowed.

Kim died of a heart attack on Dec. 17.

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North Korea's state television station is airing footage showing a stream of wailing people paying their final respects to the late leader.

Kim's youngest son and successor Kim Jong Un has rapidly gained prominence following his father's death.


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