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Video: North Korea mourns Kim Jong-il as flires of protest burn in South

Scenes of public anguish amidst the falling snow during  the funeral procession for  North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in  Pyongyang
Scenes of public anguish amidst the falling snow during the funeral procession for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang
In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.
In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.
In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.
In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.
In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.
In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.
In this image made from KRT video, mourners cry during a funeral procession for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in snowy Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.
Protesters burn the North Korean flag during a rally at Seoul Station on December 28, 2011 in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea has begun two days of funeral services for their former leader Kim Jong-Il starting with a procession in Pyongyang.
A portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is carried past mourners during his funeral procession in Pyongyang (AP/Kyodo News)
Kim Jong Un walks next to his father's hearse during the funeral procession of the late North Korean leader in Pyongyang (AP/KRT)
Military officers cry during a funeral procession for the late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang (AP/Kyodo News)
This image made from CCTV television shows a North Korean flag-shaped decoration in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, before a funeral of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN) TV OUT, CHINA OUT
In this image made from CCTV television, North Korean flags flutter at half-mast as snow falls in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, before a funeral of their late leader Kim Jong Il. (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN) TV OUT, CHINA OUT
In this image made from CCTV television, North Koreans walk in snow covered Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, before a funeral of their late leader Kim Jong Il. (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN) TV OUT, CHINA OUT
In this image made from KRT television, a huge portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is carried in the snow during his funeral procession in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/KRT via APTN) TV OUT, NORTH KOREA OUT
PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: North Korean defectors, now living in South Korea, prepare to release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il at Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: North Korean defectors, now living in South Korea, release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il at Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
PANMUNJOM, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: A North Korean soldier looks at South Korea across the Korean Military Demarcation Line (MDL) separating South and North Korea, on December 28, 2011 in Panmunjom, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun-pool/Getty Images)
PANMUNJOM, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: A North Korean soldier looks at South Korea across the Korean Military Demarcation Line (MDL) separating South and North Korea, on December 28, 2011 in Panmunjom, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun-pool/Getty Images)
PANMUNJOM, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: A South Korean soldier stands guard at the border village of Panmunjom on December 28, 2011 in Panmunjom, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun-pool/Getty Images)
PANMUNJOM, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: The North Korean village of Gijungdong and it's inhabitants are seen from a South Korean observation post on December 28, 2011 in Panmunjom, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun-pool/Getty Images)
PANMUNJOM, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: South Korean soldiers stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom on December 28, 2011 in Panmunjom, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun-pool/Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Koreans gather to mourn the death of their late leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION
PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: North Korean defectors, now living in South Korea, prepare to release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il at Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
PAJU, SOUTH KOREA- DECEMBER 28: North Korean defectors, now living in South Korea, prepare to release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il at Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: A barbed wire fence at the Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separates South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: North Korean defectors, now living in South Korea, prepare to release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il at Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: Balloons carrying anti-North Korea leaflets are released by North Korean defectors now living in South Korea, at the Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: North Korean defectors, now living in South Korea, prepare to release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il at Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Koreans gather in front of a huge portrait of their late leader Kim Jong Il to mourn his death in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION
This image made from CCTV television shows a huge portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea, on the day of his funeral, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/CCTV via APTN) TV OUT, CHINA OUT
In this Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, by the Korea News Service, a North Korean woman cries as she pays a respect to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION
In this Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, by the Korea News Service, people lay flowers to pay respects to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION
In this Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Koreans visit the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to pay respects to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION
Anti-North Korean protesters are blocked by police officers as they try to enter the office of civilians group during a rally to oppose visit by South Korean civilians and private organizations to North Korea to make a call of condolence for deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in front of the civilians office in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
In this image made from KRT television, the hearse passes during a funeral procession of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in the snow in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/KRT via APTN) TV OUT, NORTH KOREA OUT
In this image made from KRT television, a hearse is driven during a funeral procession of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in the snow in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/KRT via APTN) TV OUT, NORTH KOREA OUT

The scenes of grief amidst the falling snowflakes during North Korea's well-orchestrated funeral for Kim Jong-il was a reminder of how effectively the regime can build a personality cult around a leader even though its people endure enormous hardship.

And while leader-in-waitning Kim Jong Un led the state funeral procession for his father through Pyongyang protesters in South Korea vented their anger over the northern regime by burning its flag and shouted anti-North slogans during a rally at Seoul Station.

South Korean activists also tried to enter the office of pro-unification civic group after one of its members entered North Korea to send her condolences to the family of Kim Jong-Il

Television footage broadcast on North Korea's state television showed Kim Jong Un walking at the side of a car bearing a massive portrait of Kim Jong Il as it made its way slowly through a cold, grey Pyongyang.

Tens of thousands of mourners stood in the snow as they passed by. Soldiers stood in lines with their heads bowed. Kim died of a heart attack on December 17.

Kim's youngest son and successor has rapidly gained prominence following his father's death. Dressed in a dark overcoat, the younger Kim bowed his head slightly against the snow, and raised his right arm in salute.

The funeral procession passed by huge crowds of mourners, most of them standing in the snow with their heads bare, many screaming and flailing their arms as soldiers struggled to keep them from spilling on to the road.

"How can the sky not cry?" a weeping soldier standing in the snow said to state TV. "The people... are all crying tears of blood."

Walking behind was Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Il's brother-in-law and a vice chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission who is expected to play a crucial role in helping Kim Jong Un take power.

Kim Jong Il, who led the nation with an iron fist following his father Kim Il Sung's death in 1994, died aged 69, according to state media. Kim Jong Un is already being hailed as the "supreme leader" of the party, state and army.

State media - which over the past week have called Kim Jong Un "great successor", "supreme leader" and "sagacious leader" - made it clear that the family's hold on power would extend to a third generation, declaring the country in the younger Kim's "warm care".

A private ceremony is believed to have been held earlier in the inner sanctum of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace with Kim Jong Un and top military and party officials.

Foreign dignitaries in the city had been asked to gather at a sports stadium shortly before noon to be taken to Kumsusan to see the hearse pass at the start of the funeral procession through Pyongyang.

The young Kim made his public debut just last year with a promotion to four-star general and an appointment as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party.

But in the days since his father's death, the campaign to install him as the next leader has been swift, with state media bestowing him with new titles, including "great successor", "supreme leader" and "sagacious leader".



Outside observers will be watching the footage closely for clues on the make-up of Kim Jong Un's inner circle. Walking behind him was Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Il's brother-in-law and a vice chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission who is expected to play a crucial role in helping Kim Jong Un take power.

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