The outbursts of emotional distress following the passing of leader Kim Jong-il have not been witnessed on the streets of Pyongyang since news of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, reached North Korea fourteen years ago.
Following Diana’s fatal road accident, the streets of the North Korean capital became knee deep with flowers as the transfixed nation followed every moment of the coverage of the funeral beamed from Westminster Abbey via a spy satellite installed by the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party for just such a purpose.
'In many ways, our Dear Leader had a lot in common with Dear Diana,’ commented a recently exiled commentator. ‘They both were experts at manipulating the media and both had a thing about land mines.’
Although the dissemination of news out of the country is tightly controlled, it is understood that Kim Jong-il is to be buried on a heart shaped island located on the estate of his ancestral home.