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S Koreans allowed to mourn Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang

Two prominent South Koreans have crossed the border into the North to pay their respects to the late leader of the secretive state, Kim Jong-il.

Former South Korean First Lady Lee Hee-ho and Hyundai firm head Hyun Jung-Eun will spend two days in Pyongyang. Seoul has banned most South Koreans from visiting the North to express condolences, angering its neighbour.

The BBC's Lucy Williamson says the trip marks "the first key test of relations between the two countries".

  • 26 Dec 2011
  • From the section Asia
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