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Kim not to be embalmed

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could be denied the status of demigod and have to settle for demagogue.

world Updated: Dec 22, 2011 01:21 IST

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could be denied the status of demigod and have to settle for demagogue.

Speculation about the younger Kim’s body, now lying in state at a mausoleum in the capital, Pyongyang, is focusing on whether he will be buried, as some reports suggest, or granted a perpetual presence similar to the mummified form of his father, North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung. After Kim Il-sung’s death in July 1994, his corpse was handed to visiting embalmers from the centre for biological structures in Moscow, who spent almost a year preparing it for display.

The Russian news agency Itar-Tass has quoted North Korean media as saying that the younger Kim would be buried on December 28 and laid to rest in the mausoleum next to his father.

First Published: Dec 22, 2011 01:20 IST