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Kim Jong Il to lie in state with father

China's state television shows footage of Kim Jong-un walking next to a hearse carrying his father North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's body through the streets of Pyongyang during a state funeral December 28, 2011. Jong Il's body will lie in state with his father. UPI/Stephen Shaver
China's state television shows footage of Kim Jong-un walking next to a hearse carrying his father North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's body through the streets of Pyongyang during a state funeral December 28, 2011. Jong Il's body will lie in state with his father. UPI/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Kim Jong Il, North Korea's late "dear leader," will lie in state with his father in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, the state news agency said Thursday.

The Korea Central News Agency said other planned tributes to Kim include "towers to immortality" around the country, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported.

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South Korean experts suggested North Korea needs to build a personality cult around Kim to help his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. The son is now the head of North Korea's military.

In another dispatch Thursday, KCNA said Kim Jong Il has been honored all over the world since his death Dec. 17. Few North Koreans have access to news from outside the country.

"People across the world call him 'champion of justice,' 'guardian of peace for mankind,' 'great prophet' and 'saint,'" KCNA said.

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