Monday 2014/12/22

World

N. Korea Observes Kim Jong Il's Death Anniversary

North Korean soldiers bow before the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, December 17, 2012.North Korean soldiers bow before the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, December 17, 2012.
x
North Korean soldiers bow before the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, December 17, 2012.
North Korean soldiers bow before the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, December 17, 2012.
North Korea is mourning the death one year ago of leader Kim Jong Il, in a special memorial ceremony led by his son and successor Kim Jong Un.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported Monday that hundreds of thousands of people stood silent and still outside the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun Mausoleum in the capital, Pyongyang.  The current leader's father and grandfather are permanently lying in state in the mausoleum.

A siren sounded as a signal to begin three minutes of silence, which was observed across the country and even by ships at sea.  The nation came to a halt to observe the moment one year ago, when Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack, 20 years after taking power upon the death of his father - the nation's founder - Kim Il Sung.

Several scientists who worked on the North's successful long-range rocket launch last week were among the first to pay tribute.  The country's current leader did not speak but watched over the proceedings.

Three generations of the Kim family have ruled North Korea with an iron fist for more than six decades.

Interactive Timeline of Kim Jong Il's Life
Loading...
This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Latest News

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Headline News Dec 19, 2014i
X
19.12.2014
བོད་རྒྱའི་གྲོས་མོལ་གྱི་འགལ་རྐྱེན། མཆོད་འབུལ་སྨོན་ལམ། ཨ་རི་དང་ཀུ་པ། ཨུ་རུ་སུའི་དངུལ་ལོར་གྱི་ཛ་ཐང་། དྲྭ་འབྲེལ་གྱི་འཇིགས་སྐུལ། ཨབ་གྷ་ཎི་སི་ཏཱན། རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲོས་ཚོཊ་འཐུས་མིའི་བོད་དོན་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཚོཊ་པ་སླར་གསོ། སྤྱི་འཐུས་ཀྱི་ཚོགས་ཆུང་ཞིག་ཐེ་ལན་ལ་ཕྱོགས་ཕེབས། སྤྱི་འཐུས་ཀྱི་ཚོགས་ཆུང་ཞིག་ཐེ་ལན་ལ་ཕྱོགས་ཕེབས། རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་མཁའ་དབྱིངས་ལས་གྲྭ རྒྱལ་ས་ལྷ་སར་དགའ་ལྡན་ལྔ་མཆོད།