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DPRK nationals grieve for late leader in Beijing

12-20-2011 19:33 BJT Special Report:DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il dies |

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Hundreds of mourners have gathered at the DPRK’s embassy in Beijing to offer their condolences over the death of Kim Jong Il. Carrying white and yellow chrysanthemums, CCTV reporter Zhang Nini reports on their overwhelming grief.

Streams of mourners poured out of the DPRK Embassy after paying their respects to their deceased leader.

Keeping their heads down, the DPRK nationals passed in haste, trying to shun interviews. This lady slowed her steps, but choked at the mere mention of Kim Jong Il’s name.

Nationals of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in China mourn the death of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il at the DPRK embassy in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Only a few managed to pull themselves together.

One DPRK national said "It’s totally unexpected. I am grief stricken. I feel pain inside."

One DPRK national said "I didn’t think the news was real until this morning when I was inside our embassy, offering condolences to General Kim. We will unite around Kim Jong Un in the construction of a socialist country. As a student, I will study harder. "

Chinese also came to offer their respects. Some placed flowers outside the embassy, while others insisted on going inside.

Nationals of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in China mourn the death of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il at the DPRK embassy in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Tian Xiuqin had a photo opportunity with Kim Il Sung, the father of Kim Jong Il, in 1968. The experience left a long-lasting mark with Tian, who has since maintained a fondness for the people of the DPRK.

Tian Xiuqin, Chinese mourner said "I learned the news last night, and cried a lot. He’s too young to die. The death of Kim Jong Il is a great loss, but it will not affect the friendship between China and the DPRK."

The national flag of the DPRK remains at half mast at the embassy. While many shops that cater for DPRK nationals in Beijing are closed for business.

DPRK nationals in Beijing have come to mourn their late leader. The intensity of grief is very much tangible here in front of their Embassy. What’s not being said is probably a concern for the country’s future and what the transition means for life back home.

Nationals of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in China
mourn the death of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il at the DPRK embassy in
Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Nationals of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in China mourn the death of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il at the DPRK embassy in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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