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North Korea bows in respect of founder's death

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Published on July 8, 2019 - Duration: 00:54s

North Korea bows in respect of founder's death

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited his grandfather Kim Il Sung's mausoleum on Monday (July 8) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founder of the reclusive communist country's death.

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North Korea bows in respect of founder's death

In a video aired by the North's state-run television KRT, Kim along with North Korean high-ranking officials walked into the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the embalmed bodies of Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il lie, and bowed in front of the statues.

At 12 noon local time (0300 GMT) on Monday, Pyongyang residents were also seen bowing their heads on streets, boats and public squares, as sirens went off for to signal a minute of silence.

Kim Il Sung led his country from its founding in 1948, through the 1950-53 Korean War, and until he died in 1994.

He was succeeded by his son, Kim Jong Il, who died in December 2011.

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