Kim Jong-il funeral takes place in Pyongyang

    2011/12/28

NSFW    North Koreans braced icy conditions and lined the snow covered streets of Pyongyang on Wednesday, the first of two days of remembrance events for late 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il.

Kim died of heart failure on December 17 after having ruled the nation since his father Kim Il-sung's death in 1994. He was aged 69.

The funeral is also set to serve as a vehicle for the succession of Kim's chosen heir, youngest son Kim Jong-un, who is set to become the third generation of his family to lead the reclusive, nuclear armed state. DPRK's state media has dubbed the 29-year-old as the state's "great successor," "supreme leader" and "sagacious leader".
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