N.Korea Banning Foreign Guests from Kim's Funeral

      December 20, 2011 13:00

      North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said on Monday that it has designated a 13-day mourning period from Monday to next Thursday following the death of its leader Kim Jong-il, but it will not allow any foreign representatives to come to Pyongyang to pay their respects at the funeral.

      The mourning period is three days longer than regime founder Kim Il-sung's in 1994, but then as now the North is refusing to accept condolences from foreign representatives.

      According to the KCNA, state-run organizations and businesses are required to fly the North Korean flag at half mast, while workers are forbidden from engaging in entertainment activities.

      Mourners will be allowed to pay their respects for one week starting Tuesday, while a funeral will be held in Pyongyang next Wednesday. It is expected to begin with the reading of a farewell message and eulogy, followed by an artillery salute and a funeral procession around Pyongyang in front of millions of residents.

      On Dec. 29, a day after the funeral, Kim Jong-il's body will be laid to rest at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where his father’s remains are also housed.

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