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DPRK in mourning over Kim Jong Il' death

12-20-2011 13:33 BJT Special Report:DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il dies |

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The leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Il, has died at the age of sixty-nine. State media says Kim died of heart failure on Saturday. His youngest son is set to be his successor.

News of the death took many by surprise. State television announced that Kim Jong-il had died Saturday morning. "Great mental and physical strain" was cited as the cause of a heart attack. He was on a train, reportedly on an inspection mission.

People gather in front of a bronze statue of Kim Il Sung in central Pyongyang to
mourn the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) in Pyongyang, DPRK, Dec. 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

The grief is evident in the capital, Pyongyang.

"I don’t know what to say."

“I can’t speak right now."

People gather at Mansudae Grand Monument, in the heart of the city. As they mourn the man they called "Dear Leader", they resolve to change sadness to strength and courage and overcome today’s difficulties.

"We will unite in devoting ourselves to our nation and our dear leader. We will hold complete determination and insist on the principles, follow the policies, and keep our leader’s guidance in mind. "

The DPRK has described Kim Jong Il’s third son, Kim Jong-un, as the "great successor." Mourning for Kim Jong Il will continue until December 29th, with a farewell ceremony held the day before.

On the last day of mourning, there will be the National Meeting of Memorial. A funeral committee, led by Kim Jong-un, has been set up. The body of Kim Jong Il will be laid to rest in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace.

People gather in front of a bronze statue of Kim Il Sung in central Pyongyang to
mourn the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) in Pyongyang, DPRK, Dec. 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

People gather in front of a bronze statue of Kim Il Sung in central Pyongyang to
mourn the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) in Pyongyang, DPRK, Dec. 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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