December 28th, 2011
12:46 AM ET

Kim Jong Il's funeral begins in snow-laden Pyongyang

The funeral of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il got under way Wednesday in a snow-laden Pyongyang, with analysts ready to parse the footage for clues on the transition under way within the secretive regime.

North Korean state television broadcast video on Wednesday of the services. A black car, carrying a giant portrait of Kim, led a procession of dozens of other cars.

A tearful Kim Jong Un, the son and chosen successor of Kim Jong Il, trudged through the snow alongside the lead car, followed by other senior officials.

Lines of soldiers stood with their heads bowed, their caps in hand, as the procession passed. The soldiers' green uniforms contrasted starkly with the bright white snow as mournful music played.

The reclusive nation had revealed no details about the funeral, where thousands of North Koreans were expected to file past a glass case housing the body of the elder Kim, revered as a godlike "dear leader" by his people.

Kim's funeral was expected to be modeled after that of his father, Kim Il Sung, in 1994, said Han Park, a professor at the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs who is also director of the Globis Center for the Study of Global Issues.

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  1. BOMBO

    "Lines of soldiers stood with their heads bowed, their caps in hand, as the procession passed"

    Am I the only person thinking right now NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO ATTACK?

    Hey everybody, Triumph is back!

    December 28, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Meeso Horni

    OHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT MY BELOVED LEADER HAS DIED!!!!! IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!!!! NO, I WILL NEVER BELIEVE IT!!!!!! WHAT SHALL I DO?!!!!!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Aquarian

    The telecast of Kim Jong Il shows people crying and wailing. It's difficult to believe all the people were showing their feelings. A closer look shows that the shots are repeated – the same people, the same acts of wailing. Even the mass sound of wailing are pre-recorded. This country must be top in mass brainwashing and mass hypnotism. CNN presenters must note this and also mention it in their comments.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    @kim il sung may you rest in hell!!!You and your little kimchi eaters are the reason for my nightmares!!!I would love nothing more than to be the one to push that little red button to turn you and your slanteyed army into glow hn the dark dust!!!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Andreas Moser

    I hope the next dictator Kim will die sooner.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    snow laden is that any kin to Osama?

    December 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |