Dec. 26 - North Korean state broadcaster KRT says dozens of magpies gather near a national monument to mourn the late leader. Paul Chapman reports.
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL North Korean state broadcaster KRT says these magpies have joined the nation in mourning the death of Kim Jong-il. The footage shows the birds perched in trees almost motionless near a memorial to Kim's father, Kim Il-sung. Residents in the area say they started arriving a day after Kim's death. SOUNDBITE: Ri Ching-gil, local resident, saying (Korean): "It's not just a strange natural phenomenon. Our Dear Leader was born a great man so nature, as well as all the people around the world, cannot forget him. We can feel his existence in our warm hearts." On Monday the same broadcaster released video of thousands of North Koreans laying white flowers at an altar in Pyongyang. Kim, believed to be 69, died of a heart attack on December 17th. Footage of grieving civilians, public officials and the national leadership has been put out every day since. In a further development the widow of South Korea's former President Kim Dae-jung has led a delegation across the border to offer condolences. Kim Dae-jung was the mastermind of the now-abandoned Sunshine Policy of engagement with the North. A second group was led by the widow of the hyundai business group's late chairman. The company is one of the South's biggest conglomerates with investments in the North. Most South Koreans are banned from crossing the border. South Korea, which is still technically at war with its neighbour, says it won't be sending an official delegation Paul Chapman, Reuters