Dec. 21 - North Korean TV footage shows mourners openly weeping in Pyongyang over the death of Kim Jong-il. Paul Chapman reports.
Video provided to Reuters by North Korea's state broadcaster KCNA shows mourners at Pyongyang landmarks on Tuesday, many weeping openly. Thousands gathered in front of giant portraits of Kim Jong-il. Some pledged their allegiance to the successor of the man they called Dear Leader, his son, Kim Jong-un. SOUNDBITE: Sok Chol Jin, 26-year-old worker at Central District Hospital, saying (Korean): "I will be faithful to General Kim Jong-un and devote myself to implementing the behests of President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il." SOUNDBITE: Pak Sun Sil, 47-year-old resident of Pyongyang, saying (Korean): "I will do my utmost for the building of a thriving nation under the leadership of Genera Kim Jong-un." There has been an outpouring of grief since North Korea announced Kim's death on Monday. The 69-year-old died of a heart attack on Saturday. His son Kim Jong-un has been anointed "the Great Successor", continuing a line that began with his grandfather, North Korean founder Kim il-Sung. Paul Chapman, Reuters