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North Korea marks Kim death anniversary

Monday, 17 Dec, 2012 - 01:14

Dec. 17 - Thousands take part in events to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong-il. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL It's a year to the day since the announcement of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. His son and successor Kim Jong-un marked the anniversary with a visit to the newly-renovated Kumsusan Palace. The country's state-run broadcaster KRT showed video of Kim and his wife at the re-opening ceremony for the building. The bodies of the new leader's father and grandfather lie permanently in state here. The statue of Kim Jong-il is a new addition alongside that of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung. North Korean TV also showed Kim Jong-un at a memorial service outside the Palace. Tens of thousands of troops and civilians turned out for the event in the capital, Pyongyang. A siren sounded to mark the start of several minutes of silent remembrance. Trains and even ships were halted as the nation came to a brief memorial standstill. Kim's death was announced to the world on December 17th 2011. His funeral took place after ten days of mourning. Kim Jong-un was crowned 'the great successor' soon after.

North Korea marks Kim death anniversary

Monday, 17 Dec, 2012 - 01:14

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