A fierce snowstorm paused and the sky began glowing red above sacred Mount Paektu just minutes before leader Kim Jong Il's death, North Korean media has reported.
In a series of detailed articles about the passing of its Dear Leader, official news channels also told its 24 million citizens that ice on the volcanic Lake Chon cracked with a loud roar.
And in the city of Hamhung, a Manchurian crane circled a statue of Kim's father, President Kim Il Sung. It landed on a tree, its head drooping, before taking off again towards Pyongyang.
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