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12.28.11

Thousands Mourn Kim Jong-il in North Korea (Video)

Tens of thousands of North Korean citizens endured freezing temperatures Wednesday to glimpse the hearse of Kim Jong-il, crying and beating their chests. See video.

Tens of thousands of North Korean citizens crowded the streets of Pyongyang, part of an elaborate two-day mourning ritual for the late dictator. The funeral procession was led by a car with a huge portrait of Kim, followed by soldiers and the hearse. The soldiers appeared to lead the public displays of grief, as they flailed their hands, beat their chests, and yelled "Father, father" as Kim's coffin, wrapped in a red flag, passed. His son Kim Jong-un was the head mourner—another sign that he is his father’s successor. Next to Kim Jong-un were two other prominent Communist Party officials, his uncle Jang Song-taek and Ri Yong-ho, head of the army. The funeral services will continue Thursday with a national memorial service at noon.

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This handout picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 28, 2011 shows Kim Jong-Un (center R) and Jang Song-Thaek (C) besides the convoy carrying the body of his father and late leader Kim Jong-Il at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.  North Korean state television began broadcasting the funeral of late leader Kim Jong-Il December 28, with footage of tens of thousands of troops bowing their heads in the snow outside a memorial palace.  ATTN EDITORS: This image is distributed as a service to clients, exactly as received from KCNA                     AFP PHOTO/KCNA (Photo credit should read KCNA/AFP/Getty Images)
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In this Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Koreans pay respects to their late leader Kim Jong Il in front of his portrait in Chagang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION
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