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    North Korea Begins Kim’s Funeral

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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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    Tens of thousands of North Korean citizens endured freezing temperatures Wednesday to glimpse the hearse of Kim Jong-il, crying and beating their chests as it drove through Pyongyang. 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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