The Straits Times
Published on Dec 17, 2012

N. Korea mourns death of late leader Kim Jong Il


SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Monday mourned the death one year ago of leader Kim Jong Il, with its rocket scientists taking pride of place at a special memorial ceremony led by his son and successor Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack on Dec 17, 2011, although his death was only announced two days later.

Monday's ceremony, attended by hundreds of top party and military cadres, was held in the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, which houses the embalmed bodies of Kim Jong Il and his father and founding president Kim Il Sung.

In the city's main square, people left floral tributes at the foot of giant statues of the two Kims, with state media saying at least 750,000 mourners had paid their respects on Sunday alone.