27 Dec '11, 2am

N. Korea set to mobilise masses for funeral

N. Korea set to mobilise masses for funeral

SEOUL: North Korea is expected to mobilise hundreds of thousands of mourners for Wednesday's funeral of late leader Kim Jong-Il, as the world watches for clues to future powerbrokers in the nuclear-armed nation. Pyongyang's state media has so far given no details of the planned event, and foreign guests are barred. But analysts expect largely a re-run of the 1994 obsequies for Kim's father and founding president Kim Il-Sung -- a ceremony designed to pay homage to the late leader and build loyalty to his dynastic successor. "The outpouring of grief in 1994 was prevalent throughout Pyongyang, with almost all citizens out to bid farewell to their leader," Yang Moo-Jin of Seoul's University of North Korean Studies told AFP. "The grief for Kim Il-Sung was genuine, with many people expressing real sorrow. The mood this time appears to be slightly different," Yang said. "The regi...

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