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North Korean heir leads funeral of Kim Jong Il

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Aa car carrying Kim Jong Il's body during the funeral procession in Pyongyang on Dec. 28, 2011.

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A uniformed man tries to control crowds attending the funeral procession for Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang.

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Kim Jong Un saluting during his father Kim Jong Il's funeral at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.

Wailing and clutching at their hearts, tens of thousands of North Koreans lined the snowy streets of Pyongyang on Wednesday as the hearse carrying late leader Kim Jong Il's wound its way through the capital for a final farewell.

Son and successor Kim Jong Un led the procession, which is part of a two-day state funeral. Top military and party officials, including uncle Jang Song Thaek, were also part of the lead group. Continue reading.

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Military personnel bowing their heads during Kim Jong Il's funeral at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.

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North Korean soldiers mourning during the funeral ceremony for Kim Jong Il.

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This TV grab taken from Korean Central Television (KCTV) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C-front) and other top military and civilian officials walking beside the car carrying the coffin of his late father Kim Jong-il on its roof in Pyongyang on Dec. 28, 2011. North Korea began the funeral of late leader Kim Jong-Il, Russian media reported from a snowy Pyongyang, as the grieving communist state bolstered his son's status as "great successor".

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This TV grab taken from Korean Central Television (KCTV) shows North Korean new leader Kim Jong-Un (C) and other top military and civilian officials walking beside the car carrying the coffin of his late father Kim Jong-il on its roof in Pyongyang on Dec. 28, 2011.

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This tv grab taken from North Korean TV on December 28, 2011 shows North Koreans mourning during the funeral ceremony for the late leader Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang.

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This tv grab taken from North Korean TV on Dec. 28, 2011 shows a portrait of the late leader Kim Jong-Il on a car arriving at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang. North Korean state television began broadcasting the funeral of late leader Kim Jong-Il December 28, with footage of tens of thousands of troops bowing their heads in the snow outside a memorial palace.

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News of the North Korean leader's death sparks tears from his followers and concerns around the world as power is handed over to his successor.