Vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of North Korea Kim Jong-un (front C), his uncle Jang Song-thaek (behind Kim) and Chief of General Staff of the Korea People's Army Ri Yong-ho (R) with the coffin of Kim Jong Il., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Millions of Pyongyangites, Servicepersons in Grief Bid Last Farewell to Kim Jong Il along 40-odd km Routes in Snowy December
Korean Central News Agency
Pyongyang, December 28 (KCNA) -- The servicepersons and people bid last farewell to leader Kim Jong Il in heart-rending grief Wednesday.
The streets in Pyongyang were wrapped in great sorrow.
Streets extending 40-odd kilometers were crowded with millions of people who turned out to bid farewell to him.
They included servicepersons, workers, farmers, intellectuals, school youth and children and foreign friends staying in the DPRK were waiting for the historic moment, exposed to snow mourning the great man.
As a motorcade of hearse for Kim Jong Il that left the plaza of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace amid the solemn playing of the immortal revolutionary paean "Song of General Kim Jong Il" entered Ryonghung intersection, bitter grief pervaded the street.
The motorcade was led by a car carrying a huge portrait of smiling Kim Jong Il.
Last farewell-bidders broke into tears when his portrait came in sight.
The car with the portrait of Kim Jong Il was followed by a car carrying a huge wreath in the name of Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK.
The hearse for Kim Jong Il slowly advanced.
His bier was bedecked by flowers and his coffin draped in the flag of the WPK.
The hearse was followed by a motorcade carrying the members of the National Funeral Committee.
Officials, workers, farmers, intellectuals and school youth and children bitterly wailed over the loss of the father who died on a running train. He worked heart and soul, having uncomfortable sleep and rice-balls and regarding military posts in the forefront areas and every place where people live as his office.
Bitter grief also pervaded premises in front of the April 25 House of Culture.
People bitterly wept, saying they have never thought of the existence of Pyongyang and socialist Korea without him and crying, please don't go.
As the hearse entered Jonsung Square, men and officers of the three services of the KPA, students of Kim Il Sung Military University, Kim Il Sung Political University and other military and political schools at all levels and students of Mangyongdae Revolutionary School bitterly lamented.
They took off their military caps and bid farewell to the Supreme Commander in humble reverence, feeling painful at the loss of Kim Jong Il who performed undying feats in army-building which would shine long with the invincible might of the elite revolutionary armed forces, the army of the party and the leader.
The streets were full of pledges of loyalty to uphold the leadership of Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of the WPK and the Korean people, with arms.
In Mansugyo intersection servicepersons of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces and people's security workers burst into tears, unable to repress bitter grief.
The motorcade headed for Chollima Street through Pothongmun rotary.
An old man sank to the ground and bitterly cried, saying: General, the people are weeping. I want to take our General on my back. Indeed, I want to take on my back the General who is making the forced march.
Not only the elder people but youth and students threw themselves into pavement, unable to repress sorrow.
The hearse slowly entered Tongsong Bridge as if the General in jacket seemed to go anywhere with a broad smile on his face, not hearing the voices of the crying people. The moment the portrait of Kim Jong Il in jacket came in sight, the masses wailed and the routes turned into the sea of weepers.
The motorcade of the hearse threaded its way through Phyongchon intersection in which major industrial establishments are located after passing through high-rise buildings standing like a folding screen.
People's lamentation rocked the heaven and earth as they had to bid last farewell to Kim Jong Il who always made journey to mix with people, saying he feels happiest when he is among the people.
More than 100 000 farewell bidders packed the streets leading from Chungsong Bridge to the entrance to Raknang Bridge.
Working people of all social standings bid last farewell in bitter grief, recollecting with deep emotion the days when they received loving care and trust from the fatherly General.
The hearse threaded past Munsu Street overcome with grief amid the solemn playing of a dirge by the military band.
People who were paying last respects to Kim Jong Il in the plaza of the Party Founding Memorial Tower felt their hearts breaking apart.
The motorcade crossed Okryu Bridge and entered Kim Il Sung Square that turned into a sea of weepers and wailers.
The square was packed with masses and reviewing stands were crowded with deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly, labor heroes, men and officers of the KPA and the Korean People's Internal Security Forces, men of meritorious service and officials of ministries and national institutions gave rein to emotion, looking up to the portrait of tender-hearted Kim Jong Il with smile on his face. Foreign friends also expressed deep condolences with great grief at the loss of the great teacher of mankind.
A huge crowd of people of all social standings greeted his bier in bitter grief in front of the Pyongyang Grand Theatre.
Wailing of people greeting and sending off the hearse in tears seemed to shake the land.
The motorcade rolled down at the foot of Moran Hill trembling in bitter tears of grief shed by tens of thousands of farewell-bidders.
The plaza of the Arch of Triumph was another sea of weepers and wailers.
Seeing the portrait of Kim Jong Il in jacket, people hardened their determination to build at an early date on this land a thriving nation where the desire of Kim Il Sung and the ideal of Kim Jong Il come true.
While the crowds evinced their firm pledges, the motorcade slowly rolled toward the Kumsusan Memorial Palace through the Friendship Tower and the Ryonghung intersection.
During his lifetime Kim Jong Il, wishing a bright future of the country being confident of the steady continuity to the Juche cause, said: As there is General Kim Jong Un, the future of the country and the nation is in safe hands.
Kim Jong Un Visits Bier of Kim Jong Il
Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea and supreme leader of the party, state and army, Tuesday visited again the bier of leader Kim Jong Il and expressed profound condolences.
Overcome with the bitterest grief, Kim Jong Un, together with senior officials of the party, state and armed forces organs, paid silent tribute to his bier, praying for his immortality, and looked round it.
Standing vigil by the side of the bier, Kim Jong Un greeted people of different social standings including representatives of various provinces visiting there to express condolences over his demise.
The hearts of the participants were filled with the firm resolution to unite closer around Kim Jong Un, great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche and supreme leader of the party, state and army, and live and struggle as human beings of faith that they will believe and follow him only in any adversity.
Among the mourners were senior officials of the party, state and armed forces organs Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Ri Yong Ho, Kim Kyong Hui, Kim Yong Chun, Jon Pyong Ho, Kim Kuk Thae, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong Sop, Ri Yong Mu, O Kuk Ryol, Kang Sok Ju, Pyon Yong Rip, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Gak, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yong Il, Pak To Chun, Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Rak Hui, Thae Jong Su, Kim Phyong Hae, Mun Kyong Dok, Ju Kyu Chang, U Tong Chuk and Kim Chang Sop.
Papers Call for Glorifying Kim Jong Il's Feats for Building Socialist Power
Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) -- Papers of the DPRK Tuesday, in editorials dedicated to its Socialist Constitution Day, call on all the people to eternally glorify the feats performed by leader Kim Jong Il in building a socialist power.
President Kim Il Sung enacted the Socialist Constitution on Dec. 27, Juche 61 (1972).
This provided a legal guarantee for steadily consolidating and developing Korean-style socialism and helped the Korean people dynamically advance the revolution and construction with the powerful weapon for prosperity of the Republic, Rodong Sinmun says, adding:
Kim Jong Il called the Socialist Constitution Kim Il Sung Constitution and made sure that the constitution specified Kim Il Sung as the eternal President of the DPRK. And he had energetically led the work to advance the revolution and construction only in keeping with the idea and intention of the President.
Under his leadership the revolutionary character of Korean-style socialism was reliably defended despite the severe ordeal and trials and the stirring reality was brought in which the ideals of the people are translated into practice.
Kim Jong Il formulated the Songun politics as the powerful political method under socialism and established the Korean-style state machinery with the National Defence Commission as its backbone. Through their practical experience, the Korean army and people have keenly felt how just such steps were.
Now standing in the van of the Songun revolution is the dear respected Kim Jong Un who is identical to Kim Jong Il, the paper says, calling on all the people to accelerate the general onward march for prosperity of the country, closely rallied around him.
Minju Joson says that the socialist government of the DPRK will faithfully uphold the leadership of Kim Jong Un and defend and glorify forever Korean-style socialism, the biggest legacy based on patriotism of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
Condolatory Messages from Congolese President
Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) -- The dear respected Kim Jong Un received a condolatory message from Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso on Dec. 21.
He in the message said he learnt in a great shock the news that Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission Kim Jong Il passed away to his regret.
The message said mourning with Kim Jong Un, he, on behalf of the people and the government of Congo and on his own, expresses deepest condolences to him and the friendly Korean people.
Mourning the demise of outstanding man Kim Jong Il in humble reverence, the message expressed deep sympathy to Kim Jong Un.
Condolatory Messages from Egypt's Party Leader
Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) -- The dear respected Kim Jong Un received a message of condolences from Sayed Abdul Al, general secretary of the National Progressive Unionist Party of Egypt, on Dec 22.
The untimely demise of leader Kim Jong Il is a shock to the party and all the people aspiring after socialism, the message said.
It expressed condolences to Kim Jong Un, the great Korean people and the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea on behalf of leader Khaled Mohieddin, Chairman Dr. Rifat Es-Said, leading members of the Central Committee and members of the National Progressive Unionist Party of Egypt.
Condolatory Messages from Congolese Socialist Party
Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) -- The dear respected Kim Jong Un received a condolatory message from the Central Committee of the Congolese Socialist Party on Dec. 22.
The message said:
On behalf of all members of the Congolese Socialist Party, its Central Committee expresses condolences to you on the sudden demise of Comrade Kim Jong Il, the great leader of the Korean people.
The members of the Congolese Socialist Party will continue their mourning until the day of the ceremony of bidding farewell to his bier.
The Congolese Socialist Party and all its members express solidarity with the courageous Korean people and are sharing sorrow with them.
They hope that you, the creditable successor to the great leader Kim Jong Il, will continue to advance the struggle for the country's reunification and peace and register big successes in leading the DPRK.
Wreath from Benin Political Party
Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) -- The New-Emerging Forces Union of Benin sent a wreath to the bier of leader Kim Jong Il in deep mourning over his demise.
The wreath was laid before his bier at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace on Monday.
Wreath from Nigeria's Senior Party Official
Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) -- Ex-President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, chairman of the Credit Committee of the People's Democratic Party of Nigeria, sent a wreath to the bier of leader Kim Jong Il, expressing deep sympathy over his demise.
The wreath was laid before the bier of Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace on Tuesday.