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Video image of a huge portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il being carried during his funeral procession.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Mourners cry during the funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Video image of Kim Jong Il's youngest son and successor, Kim Jong Un, saluting during the funeral for his father at the end of the procession outside Kumsusan Memorial Palace.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Mourners surround the hearse carrying the coffin of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during his funeral procession through the streets.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

A car carries a portrait of Kim Jong-Il in front of the procession carrying Kim's body. Millions turned out to mourn Kim, whose death has left the world scrambling for details about his young successor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

Video image of mourners crying during the funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

North Korea's next leader, Kim Jong Un, front center, salutes beside the hearse carrying the body of his late father and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during the funeral procession.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Mourners react as the hearse carrying Kim Jong-Il's body passes by during the funeral procession.

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Mourners react as they watch the funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

The body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is seen lying in state under a glass cover at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace. The photo was released Tuesday by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KNS / AFP

Members of a crowd express condolences over the death of Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KCNA / KCNA

Emotions ran high at a public mourning spot for Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KCNA / KCNA

An image from North Korean TV shows Kim Jong Un, son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, as he walks next to the glass coffin of his father.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HO / AFP

A North Korean soldier keeps watch along the riverbank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, across from the Chinese border city of Dandong.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated Press

In October, Kim Jong Il presided over a parade marking the 65th anniversary of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Yu / Associated Press

Women collapse in tears as North Koreans gather after learning of the death of Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

A woman and her son cry as North Koreans gather after hearing that Kim Jong Il had died.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Hundreds of people gather in front of a statue of Kim Il Sung, the father of Kim Jong Il, after learning of the death of the younger Kim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / Associated Press

Televisions in an electronics store in South Korea show the news about the death of Kim Jong Il, the leader of North Korea.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press

Evening newspapers report news of the death of Kim Jong Il. China is a key ally of North Korea.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Ching / Bloomberg

South Korean soldiers patrol along a fence near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. South Korea is on a heightened state of alert because of the death of Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

Kim Jong Eun, who is expected to succeed his late father as North Korea's leader, is seen in a photo from October 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Yu / Associated Press

An undated file picture released by North Korea's official news organization, the Korean Central News Agency, shows Kim Jong Il, right, along with his son and heir apparent Kim Jong Eun, left, as they inspect an Air Force unit. The person in the center is unidentified.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

Kim Jong Il's younger sister Kim Kyong Hui, left, is seen in a file photo (from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency) attending the Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea. Kim Kyong Hui and the late leader's brother-in-law are expected to play a major role in the transition of power to Kim's son Kim Song Un.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images / AFP / Getty Images

A North Korean woman holding a bouquet of flowers walks toward the North Korean embassy to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOW HWEE YOUNG / EPA

North Koreans cry after hearing of the death of Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Kim Jong Il's death brought women to tears.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

A North Korean woman cries after hearing of the death of Kim Jong Il. The strongman ruled with a cult of personality; a former psychological profiler for the CIA diagnosed Kim as having malignant narcissism, a personality disorder characterized by "extreme grandiosity and self-absorption."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Two men walk to the North Korean embassy with flowers to commemorate the death of Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Ching / Bloomberg

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Il dead at 69

The funeral was held for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman who styled himself as a “Dear Leader” while ruling over an impoverished police state, who died at 69.

Kim was believed to have suffered from multiple chronic illnesses, but his death — reportedly from a heart attack while traveling by train on Saturday morning — was sudden. He had been grooming a son to succeed him, and his death creates uncertainty about the direction of a nation with few international friends but a nuclear weapons capability.

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1 Comment

  1. December 22, 2011, 2:21 am

    I wonder will the son be even more cruel leader than him?

    By: Grinder

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