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Video: Kim Jong Il's corpse on state TV

How North Koreans viewed Kim Jong Il's lifeless body on government television
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North Korea's state TV network broadcasts images of deceased ruler Kim Jong Il on a ceremonial platform. (Screengrab)

Our still photos grabbed from a live North Korean TV broadcast of Kim Jong Il's corpse lying in state are here.

But this video reveals how North Koreans (those wealthy enough to own TV sets) took in their first images of a dead Kim Jong Il. (The news segment was originally about 10 minutes. Here, it's edited down to less than two minutes.)

In anguished tones, a black-robed anchorwoman narrates as a procession of supplicants -- including successor Kim Jong Un -- pours into a mausoleum to pay respects.

Check out our full buffet of Kim Jong Il coverage, including an expert's forecast of the hermetic state's future and a look at Asia's panicky reaction to the Dear Leader's death.