29 Dec '11, 4am

Kim Jong Il hated the United States, but an American car carried him to the grave.

NEW YORK - Kim Jong Il hated the United States. But an American carried him to the grave. The casket of Mr Kim, the late North Korean leader, sat atop the roof of a polished masterpiece of American automotive grandeur: A mid-1970s armoured black Lincoln Continental, which wended through the snowy streets of Pyongyang yesterday in a rigorously choreographed funeral. Mr Kim's gigantic, smiling portrait was balanced atop a second Lincoln limousine. A third, slightly smaller Lincoln brought up the rear, its roof bearing an immense wreath. The ageing but impeccably maintained cars gave the footage on North Korean state television the quality of a cold war Hollywood film. "The Lincoln Continental in the old Asia was considered to be a solid, robust, powerful car," said Ms Kongdan Oh, a senior researcher at the Institute for Defense Analyses who has written on daily life in North...

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