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North Korea 'pledges to loyally follow' new leader Kim Jong-un

December 21, 2011 - Pyongyang

North Korean media has been reporting pledges of loyalty to new leader Kim Jong-un following the death of his father Kim Jong-il.

Kim Jong-un led a solemn procession of mourners on Tuesday past the body of his father, displayed on a bier under glass in a hall of the mausoleum where the embalmed body of Kim Il-sung is kept.

State media heaped praise on the 'Great Successor", who died of Heart attack during a train trip on Saturday, describing him as a "lighthouse of hope" for a country awash in a "sea of tears and grief."

"We will look up to the respected Comrade Kim Jong-un as we pledged to do so in front of you," said Lee Jin-Hyang, a worker at the Pyongyang Textile Factory, addressing Kim Jong-il's remains.

Pak Chol Yong, a soldier, was quoted by the state news agency as saying, that they "would devotedly safeguard Gen Kim Jong-un with arms, closely rallied as one in mind around him."

According to the BBC, photographs released by North Korean state media showed solemn gatherings in halls and opens spaces in capital Pyongyang.

The body of Kim Jong-il is lying in Pyongyang as organised public mourning continues in streets and halls. He will be buried on 28 December.


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