Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kim Jong Il lies in state...

...in Pyongyang.

The Associated Press exclusive video can be accessed here.

The New York Times examines the symbolism of Kim's son being among the mourners
Kim Jong-un was accompanied by a group of senior party and military officials, giving the outside world a hint of whom Mr. Kim was relying on during a critical transition. But the list included no new or unusual names.
Paying a tribute and swearing to uphold the wishes of a dead ancestor is a crucially important political gesture for the son. The Kim family, starting with Mr. Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, the North’s founding president, has ruled the country for more than six decades.
The funeral is scheduled for next week. 



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