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.FULL STORY