Tuesday, December 20, 2011

North Korea TV Shows Kim Jong-il Lying In State - 20th Dec 2011

North Korea has been urged to follow "the path of peace" as national TV showed pictures of the body of Kim Jong-il lying in state.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for a stable transition to the new leadership following the dictator's death.

However, with many experts predicting an internal power struggle, North Korea could pose an even bigger menace to its neighbours and the world.

High-level officials and ministers have been paying their respects to Kim, who died on Saturday, as he lies in state in a glass casket at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.

In the country he ruled for 17 years they called him "Our Father", "the Dear Leader" and the "Great Successor To The Revolutionary Cause".

George W Bush said his dictatorship was one part of the Axis of Evil, while films like Team America saw Hollywood mock him as a lonely misfit filled with self-pity.

We will never know exactly how Kim Jong-il saw himself, but to most of the world he was an old-fashioned tyrant - living in luxury while his people starved to death, presiding over a state that shamelessly engaged in criminal activities and threatening his neighbours with nuclear destruction. Read More