North Koreas pay respects to late President Kim

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Posted: Jul 08, 2011 5:36 AM
North Koreas pay respects to late President Kim

Streams of North Koreans are paying their respects to late President Kim Il Sung, the country's founder, on the 17th anniversary of his death.

Footage from Associated Press Television News shows citizens and soldiers laying bouquets and bowing deeply Friday before a statue of Kim in Pyongyang, the capital.

Kim, the father of current leader Kim Jong Il, died of heart failure in 1994 but is still deeply revered as the country's "eternal president."

A giant statue of Kim in Pyongyang is temporarily off limits because it is in an area under renovation ahead of the centenary of Kim Il Sung's birth in April 2012.

North Korea has promoted 2012 as a significant milestone in its history.