6-metre bronze statue of Kim Jong-il
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North Korea marks late leader Kim Jong-il's birthday

North Korea is marking the 70th birthday of late leader Kim Jong-il, also dubbed the "day of the shining star".

Despite the frigid weather, people gathered early on Thursday morning at the main Kim Il-sung Plaza in the capital, Pyongyang.

They left red "kimjongilia" begonias and other flowers at his portrait.

Lucy Williamson reports.

  • 16 Feb 2012
  • From the section Asia
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