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Thousands climb hill and bow in subservience to mark Kim Jong-il’s death

Thousands climb hill and bow in subservience to mark Kim Jong-il's death
Bowing to the bronze statues of their late leaders Kim il-Sung and Kim Jong-iI in North Korea (Picture: AP)

North Koreans turned out in huge crowds to bow down to the statues of their dearly departed dictator Kim Jong-iI on the sixth anniversary of his death.

Thousands of flower-bearing North Koreans climbed hills and filled town squares to file past statues of current leader Kim Jong-un, his father and his grandfather and founder of the country Kim-iI Sung.

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Despite fears Kim Jong-un would test a ballistic missile in honour of his father as in previous years but there were no reports of any rockets being launched

Crowds of flower-bearing North Koreans on Sunday streamed passed statues and portraits of their leaders to pay respects on the sixth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong-il.

Sombre music was played in public spaces to encourage the mass mourning of Kim Jong-iI and North Koreans are expected to avoid drinking, entertainment and inappropriate displays of enjoyment on the day.

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Thousands climb hill and bow in subservience to mark Kim Jong-il's death
North Koreans brought flowers to lay at the feet of statues yesterday (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

In Pyongyang thousands of people climbed Mansu Hill to bow and place flowers at the feet of two giant bronze statues of Kim Jong-il and Kim il-Sung, who is always referred to as North Korea’s ‘eternal president’.

The elder Kims lie in state in a mausoleum on the outskirts of the capital and the top echelons of the regime all visited at midnight to pay their respects.

However, one huge homage to his father which Kim Jong-un was not publicly pictured at is the multi-million pound pyramid-shaped Ryugyong Hotel, which was meant to be one of the tallest buildings in the world but has yet to be completed.

North Korea’s quest for long-range missiles with nuclear capability has created headlines across the world with Japan, China and America all have condemned the regime.

Thousands climb hill and bow in subservience to mark Kim Jong-il's death
Patient and reverential: North Korean crowds waiting to lay flowers at the feet of their former dictator’s statues (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
Thousands climb hill and bow in subservience to mark Kim Jong-il's death
Families marking the sixth anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il’s death in Pyongyang yesterday (Picture: AP)

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