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South Koreans mourn Kim Jong-il

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 01:18

Dec. 27 - A group of high-profile South Koreans speak to the media after a trip to the reclusive North to pay their respects to the late leader. Lily Grimes reports.

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A delegation crosses from North to South Korea. Cross-border traffic has been rare since relations on the peninsula cooled in 2008. But this group, which includes the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung and Hyundai group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun, made the journey to pay their respects to the late leader Kim Jong-il. They were received by his youngest son and successor Kim Jong-un on Tuesday. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SECRETARY GENERAL OF KIM DAE-JUNG PEACE CENTER, YOON CHUL-KOO, SAYING: "The lady delivered condolence messages and I was told that Kim Jong-un, Vice Chairman of National Defence Commission, said 'thank you for coming this far.'" Meanwhile scuffles broke out between more than 100 anti-North Korea demonstrators and police in South Korea's capital Seoul. The protesters are angry that a civic activist flew to Pyongyang recently, breaking the National Security Law banning unapproved trips to the North. In another part of town a small group of pro-North demonstrators rallied to demand they be allowed to travel to pay their respects. Lily Grimes, Reuters

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South Koreans mourn Kim Jong-il

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 01:18