23 Dec 2011

Even nature in mourning in North Korea

6:14 am on 23 December 2011

North Korea's state news agency says even nature is in mourning at the death of the leader Kim Jong-il this week.

KCNA reports a snowstorm occurred and ice cracked on the Chon lake near his reputed birthplace at Mount Paektu.

The cracking was so loud, it seemed to shake the Heavens and the Earth said the agency which also reported a mysterious glow was seen on the revered mountain top.

Following the storm's sudden end at dawn on Tuesday, a message carved in rock - Mount Paektu, holy mountain of revolution. Kim Jong-il - glowed brightly, KCNA said. It remained there until sunset.

State media announced on Sunday that Kim Jong-il, 69, died on Saturday of a heart attack.

His body is lying in state in Pyongyang until a funeral is held on 28 December.

State media said on Wednesday that more than five million people had already turned out to pay their respects.