This carefully planned ceremony of mourning for Kim, who died 11 days ago at the age of 69, had been preceded by remarkable supernatural events, according to North Korea's state media.
Earth tremors supposedly rocked the sacred Mount Paeku, alleged to have been Kim's birthplace. Weeping owls flew into the Kim family mausoleum in the centre of the capital, Pyongyang. Meanwhile, mysterious flashes of light were reportedly seen in the skies above the world's last totalitarian state.
In keeping with the natural world's apparent sorrow over Kim Jong-il's death, North Korea's showpiece capital was suitably wreathed in snow yesterday.
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