North Korea Mourns at Kim Jong Il's Funeral

Hundreds of thousands flood the streets for the former dictator's funeral.
2:37 | 12/28/11

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To turn now to the almost surreal pictures overnight from North Korea a very rare glimpse into this mysterious nation -- its people mourned the death of Kim Jong ill. The man they called their dear leader ABC's global affairs anchor Christiane Amanpour joins us now with more from London and good morning to you Christiane. Good morning to you Josh. And yes North Korea is running around his new -- up as he presides over the funeral of his late father. He's also presiding over a nation North Korea that is a vital importance. And a real full in the cited the United States because it's tested a nuclear device. Its intentions -- on Fiat its teetering on the brink of economic collapse and it does threaten US allies in the region. So this some say is really a -- think -- dangerous -- home. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- day in Pyongyang for the funeral of North Korean leader Kim Jong ill state television broadcast footage of his son Kim -- -- Dubbed the great success and now morning in chief. Walking alongside the funeral quartet. While on the cause -- a huge smiling portrait of his father. And in -- meticulously choreographed display of -- tens of thousands of people crowded into the streets. We've been following even according to the ground. The funeral procession began that comes the sun memorial pilots with Kim Jong -- body had lain in state. It headed to the city's main plaza. The black coffin was wrapped in the red flag of the workers -- A huge show of military might -- -- -- and followed the -- a reminder of the military first policy of the European nation. These scenes of meat could be will cost around the country along with orders to uphold the Kim dynasty. Right away from the cameras about a quarter of the population is stopping according to UN estimates. And hundreds of thousands of people remain in prison camps. Those trying to read political team needs. We'll see the familiar faces of North Korea's old died in the funeral line -- indicating an orderly transition. As the US and others watched to see what's important nuclear negotiations. Can resume. Under the new young untested -- And so US source tells me that watching very closely to see Kim Jong -- first move. Saying that those stalled negotiations could pick up where they left off but -- really waiting to see what Pyongyang does in these first weeks -- days. As he takes the Helm that.

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