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Pyongyang mourns the passing of Kim Jong Il

Monday, December 19, 2011 - 01:41

Dec. 19 - Actors, factory workers and students in Pyongyang mourn the passing of leader Kim Jong Il. Sunita Rappai reports.

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A mass outpouring of grief in North Korea over the death of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong il. Students at this Pyongyang school weep in front of a mosaic of their late leader. Actors from Pyongyang's National Theater are also distraught as they react to Kim's death. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) NORTH KOREAN ACTOR HWANG MOON-IL SAYING: "While I was performing, I was waiting desperately to invite him and I was expecting to see him every single day. How can he pass away like this? I'm so heartbroken." Workers at an electric wire factory in the capital sob openly as they watch the announcement of Kim's death on state television. This young employee says she had followed the leader like her own father and was looking forward to seeing him in the factory. "I will change sorrow into strength and courage and remain faithful to respected Comrade Kim Jong-un," she says. The 69-year-old leader suffered a heart attack on a train on Saturday. The public outpouring of emotion is similar to that which greeted the death of his father - Eternal President Kim Il Sung in 1984. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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Pyongyang mourns the passing of Kim Jong Il

Monday, December 19, 2011 - 01:41