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Cult of Kim Jong-il’s third son begins in N Korea

The body of North Korea s long-time ruler Kim Jong-il was laid out in a memorial palace on Tuesday as weeping mourners filled public plazas and state media fed a budding personality cult around his third son hailing him as “born of heaven.”

world Updated: Dec 21, 2011 01:39 IST

The body of North Korea s long-time ruler Kim Jong-il was laid out in a memorial palace on Tuesday as weeping mourners filled public plazas and state media fed a budding personality cult around his third son hailing him as “born of heaven.”

Indicating the leadership transition in the world’s only communist dynasty is on track Kim Jong-un — Kim’s youngest known son and successor — visited the body with top military and Workers Party officials and held what state media called a “solemn ceremony” in the capital Pyongyang as the country mourned.

The Korean people were in "deep sorrow at the loss of the benevolent father of our nation," Ri Ho II, a lecturer at the Korean Revolutionary History Museum told The Associated Press in Pyongyang. "He defended our people s happiness carrying on his forced march both night and day," Ri said. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/21-12-11-metro19b.jpg

Still images aired on state TV showed that the glass coffin holding Kim’s body was surrounded by his namesake flowers — red “kimjongilia” blossoms. He was covered with a red blanket his head placed on a white pillow.

The coffin was presented in a room of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace a mausoleum where the embalmed body of his father — national founder Kim Il Sung — has been on display in a glass sarcophagus since his death in 1994.

Kim Jong-un entered the room to view his father as solemn music played state media said. He observed a moment of silence and then circled the bier followed by other officials.

Kim Jong-il died of a massive heart attack on Saturday caused by overwork and stress according to the North s media. He was 69 — though some experts question the official accounts of his birth date and location.