Kim Jong-Il's body on display permanently

2012-01-12 10:04
Seoul - North Korea says late leader Kim Jong-Il's body will be permanently laid in state in a memorial palace in the capital.

Kim's body will be displayed at Pyongyang's Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where his father and North Korea founder Kim Il-Sung's embalmed body has been lying since his death in 1994.

Kim Jong-Il's son and successor, Kim Jong-Un, has been solidifying power since his father died of a heart attack on December 17.

The official Korean Central News Agency said on Thursday that North Korea will also erect a statue of Kim Jong-Il, set up portraits of a smiling Kim and build "towers to his immortality" across the country.

The North says Kim's February 16 birthday will be a "Day of the Shining Star" in an apparent reference to past rocket launches.
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