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Statue of Kim Jong Il to be erected in DPRK

01-12-2012 10:09 BJT Special Report:DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il dies |

PYONGYANG, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will erect a bronze statue of late leader Kim Jong Il, the latest in a series of measures to commemorate him, the official news agency KCNA reported Thursday.

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea issued a special report Thursday, saying the statue will be set up and the bier of the late leader will be put on display at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, the report said.

His birthday, Feb. 16, which was made into a national holiday, had also been designated as "the Day of the Shining Star." Portraits of a smiling Kim Jung I1 and Towers of Immortality will also be built across the country, the report said.

The measures "reflected the unanimous desire and ardent request" of all DPRK citizens to regard Kim Jong Il "as the eternal leader of the Party and the revolution, glorify his sacred revolutionary life and undying revolutionary feats and surely carry to completion the revolutionary cause of Juche," said the report.

Kim Jong Il passed away on Dec. 17, 2011.

The bier of late President Kim Il Sung had also been placed in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace. His birthday, April 15, is also a grand national holiday and had been designated as "the Day of the Sun."

There are other statues in the Mansudae region in Pyongyang. Many portraits of Kim Il Sung and Towers of Immortality can also be seen outside the capital.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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