North Korean leader's embalmed body goes on display ONE YEAR after his death as 'shining son' commemorates anniversary of his deathMourners gathered before statues of Kim Jong-Il and North Korea founder Kim Il-sungNew leader Kim Jong-un attended rally, accompanied by his wife who appeared to be pregnant
19:38 GMT, 17 December 2012
The embalmed body of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, still in his trademark khaki jump-suit, has been put on display on the anniversary of his death.
Kim lies in state a few floors below his father, national founder Kim Il Sung, in the Kumsusan mausoleum, the former presidential palace in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong Il has been laid out beneath a red blanket, with a spotlight shining on his face.
Wails echoed through the cold hall as a group of North Korean women sobbed as they bowed before his body.
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The body of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il lies in state after his death last year. His embalmed body, still in his trademark khaki jump-suit, has been put on display on the anniversary of his death
Kim lies in state a few floors below his father, national founder Kim Il Sung, in the Kumsusan mausoleum, the former presidential palace in Pyongyang
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from left in front row, and his wife Ri Sol Ju, left, attends a ceremony to reopen the mausoleum where his father's embalmed remains will lie in state
The hall bearing the glass coffin was opened to select visitors for the first time since his death.
Kim's yacht and his armored train carriage, where he is said to have died, was also put on display.
Among the personal belongings
featured in the mausoleum are the parka, sunglasses and pointed platform
shoes he wore in the last decades of his life. A MacBook Pro lay open
on his desk.
North Koreans paid homage to Kim
while still enjoying the success of last week's launch of a long-range
rocket that sent a satellite named after him to space.
The launch, condemned in many other
capitals as a violation of bans against developing its missile
technology, was portrayed not only as a gift to Kim Jong Il but also as
proof that his young son, Kim Jong Un, has the strength and vision to
lead the country.
Kim, the elder, died on December 17 2011 from a heart attack while traveling on his train.
The satellite bears one of Kim Jong
Il's nicknames, Kwangmyongsong, or 'Lode Star,' a moniker given to him
at birth according to officials.
And while life he was a mere 5ft 2 ins tall, in death the formidable leader has been increased to gigantic proportions.
North Koreans bow before the statues of late leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea
Thousands of mourners gathered in front of the statues of Kim Jong-il and North Korea founder Kim Il-sung
Soldiers and civilians prayed in silence and presented flowers to statues of current leader Kim Jong-un's father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung
Mourners paid respects to Kim on the first anniversary of his death by bowing before an enormous statue of him.
of mourners gathered in front of the statues of Kim Jong-il and North
Korea founder Kim Il-sung as sirens wailed for three minutes.
Soldiers and civilians prayed in silence and presented flowers to statues of current leader Kim Jong-un's father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung.
Earlier in the day, leader Kim Jong-un attended a mass national memorial rally for his father.
Pictures aired by North Korean state media showed Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju – who appeared to be heavily pregnant.
It is yet to be confirmed.
When Kim Jong-il died on December 17, 2011 his son was hailed as the 'great successor'.
During his years as head of the secretive state, the economy fell deeper into poverty as he developed as he lavished money on a nuclear arms programme and missiles aimed to hit neighbours Japan and South Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends the inaugural ceremony of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, on the first anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death
His own father, whose statue stands beside him, was the first ruler of North Korea, a man so revered he is called the Eternal President even though he died in 1994.
His embalmed body can be reached on travelators that take respectful visitors through the vast Kumsusan Memorial Palace to bow before it and weep.
In that year power passed to his son Kim Jong-il, still called the Supreme Leader, who was succeeded in 2011 amid weeks of hysterical compulsory mourning by Kim Jong-un, at 29 the world’s youngest leader.
.VIDEO. Astonishing spectacle and outpouring of grief on anniversary of death of Kim Jong Il
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