Christian groups from South Korea had planned to light giant Christmas displays along the DMZ; on the recommendation of the South Korean government, they have decided to forego the displays.
Said President Lee in the BBC:
“The measures we have taken so far are basically aimed at showing North Korea we are not hostile toward the North.”
Lee has also come under fire for refusing to offer aid to Pyongyang without making progress about nuclear arms.
South Korean intelligence has actually questioned the circumstances of Kim Jong-il’s death. According to their central intelligence service, there was no sign that the special train on which Kim reportedly died on Saturday had ever left Pyongyang over the weekend.
Strange Natural Phenomena Reported in North Korea
As the country enters a period of 100 days of mourning for the Dear Leader, the North Korean state news agency KCNA has reported the appearance of “strange natural phenomena,” says the BBC:
A snowstorm hit as Mr Kim died and ice on the volcanic Chon lake near his reported birthplace at Mount Paektu cracked, it said.
Following the storm’s sudden end at dawn on Tuesday, a message carved in rock – “Mount Paektu, holy mountain of revolution. Kim Jong-il” – glowed brightly, it said. It remained there until sunset.
On the same say, a Manchurian crane also apparently adopted a posture of grief at a statue of the late leader’s father in the northern city of Hamhung.
“Even the crane seemed to mourn the demise of Kim Jong-il, born of Heaven, after flying down there at dead of cold night, unable to forget him,” KCNA reported officials as saying.
Perhaps we should not wonder that a younger Korean generation, raised in full awareness of the West, has shrugged at reports of the death of Kim Jong-il.
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