Kim Jong Il: body shown in palace (photos, video)
Top news coming in today in San Francisco is about the body of North Korea’s long-time leader, Kim Jong-il, which has been set out for the public to view in a palace in North Korea.
The plaza outside has been filled with mourners, weeping openly. Kim Jong Il’s third son, Kim Jong Un, has been touted “born of heaven,” and is likely to be the next in line to the position of leader.
Kim Jong-Il’s son visited his father’s body in the presence of high-ranking military and Workers’ Party officials for a solemn ceremony. When Kim Jong-il’s son, who is in his 20s, entered the room, he observed a moment of silence and then circled his father’s tomb.
According to USA Today, the people in Korea are currently “in deep sorrow at the loss of the benevolent father of our nation,” said Ri Ho Il, who works as a lecturer at the Korean Revolutionary History Museum in Pyongyang.
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“He defended our people’s happiness, carrying on his forced march both night and day,” stated Ri to the Associated Press.
The state television in North Korea showed the glass coffin of Kim Jong-Il. It was surrounded by the flowers that bear his name – red “kimjongilia” blooms. The body of Kim Jong Il was underneath a red blanket and his head rested on a white pillow.
Kim Jong Il’s coffin lies in the same room where the body of his father–Kim Il Sung–has been on view to the public since his death in 1994, says USA Today.
News reports state that Kim Jong Il passed away from a huge heart attack on Saturday because he was overworked and highly stressed, says North Korea’s media, reports USA Today. Kim Jong-il was 69 years old. There is some speculation, however, about his official birth date accounts and the location of his birth.
Many people are concerned that there could now be unstable times ahead for North and South Korea
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See photos and video for more on this story on the left-hand side. The raw video is of Kim Jong-Il lying-in-state.
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