PYONGYANG, December 24 (Itar-Tass) —— North Korea continues mourning events for late leader Kim Jong Il for the eighth day. Representatives from all strata of the North Korean society, people of all professions are participating in the mourning events. Together with students and schoolchildren the inmates of the kindergartens accompanied by the tutors are paying tribute to the portraits of the late North Korean leader, which died of heart attack on December 17. The kids in warm clothes are crying out bitterly, expressing touchingly their grief in the childish way. Beautiful traffic patrolwomen are crying nearby. They wearing a blue sky-coloured winter uniform with the furry neckpiece are considered to be the image of the city.
The newspapers published several articles, which are devoted to “immortal merits” of Kim Jong Il and the activities of his younger son Kim Jong-un, who occupies the post of the deputy chairman of an influential Central Military Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea. The articles reported that after the passing of Kim Jong Il North Korea did not have any handover of power, and “respected comrade Kim Jong-un, who is called as an outstanding leader of the party, army and people, will continue the course of his father.” He already fulfilled an instruction of Kim Jong Il. The late leader of the country decided to send a big batch of fish to Pyongyang residents on December 16, on the eve of his death, the KCNA news agency reported. His son, despite a deep grief during the mourning, took all necessary measures and this product was taken to the Pyongyang shops on December 23.
The mourning events on the occasion of Kim’s death coincided with another important event for North Korea. On Saturday, many Korean citizens went to the cemetery of revolutionists, where a bronze bust of Kim’s mother Kim Jong Suk is situated, to commemorate “the heroine in the struggle against Japanese invaders,” which annexed Korea in 1910.
In North Korea’s official history Kim Jong Suk is one of the most prominent heroes. She is revered as “an example of selfless protection of the chief” – her husband and the North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. Glorifying her virtues, the North Korean press appealed to take Kim Jong Suk as an example. Her portraits are known to each North Korean citizen. Her portraits show a round face with nice features of a Korean woman, “which overcame heavy hardships and did not spare her efforts for the defence of the great chief.”
“Three great commanders of the Beakdu Mountain, which is holy for North Koreans” – Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk were baptized in this way by North Korean politicians and mass media after that.
Kim Jong Suk’s life, which founded the female movement in the socialistic Korea, was short. She was born on December 24, 1917 and died on September 22, 1949.