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VIDEO: North Korea mourns the death of Kim Jong Il's father in 1994

With major public expressions of grief at the death of Kim Jong Il, it’s worth taking a look at some similar scenes from 1994…

EARLIER TODAY we shared a video showing the people of Pyongyang grieving over the death of the country’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Il.

That video – produced by the Korean Central News Agency, and spread worldwide – prompted many viewers to suggest that the scenes had been choreographed by the totalitarian nation’s State-run media.

Here, to perhaps help you reach your own conclusions, is a similar video put together by the same news agencies in 1994 when the country’s founder Kim Il Sung – Jong Il’s own father – died back in 1994.

In a broadcast that began similarly to today’s, a sombre newsreader – dressed only in black – struggles to hold back the tears as she relays the news, before roving reporters share images of public grief.

YouTube credit: StalinLeninMao

Watch: North Koreans mourn the death of dear leader Kim Jong Il

Gallery: Kim Jong Il: A life in pictures

Read: A closer look: the links between Ireland and North Korea

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