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Memorial ceremony for Kim Jong-il

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 01:15

Dec. 29 - Tens of thousands of North Koreans gather in Pyongyang, as senior officials eulogize Kim Jong-il. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Tens of thousands gathered in Pyongyang for a memorial ceremony for departed leader Kim Jong-il. High ranking government officials, military officers and about 100,000 civilians attended the ceremony. Kim Il-Sung square was packed with mourners, standing in silence and mostly wearing black winter coats. Kim Jong-un, who takes over the reins of power in the reclusive state, stood on a platform with senior military and government officials. Officials eulogised Kim Jong-il, lauding his achievements. Kim Yong-nam, the number two official of the state, as the President of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's assembly, said the leadership succession left in place by Kim Jong-il was a precious accomplishment for the country. Kim Jong-un will become the third member of the family to run the unpredictable North Asian country as it enters 2012, the year that was supposed to mark its self-proclaimed transformation into a "strong and prosperous" nation.

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Memorial ceremony for Kim Jong-il

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 01:15