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DPRK prepares for Kim's funeral

By Zheng Yangpeng (China Daily)

08:02, December 28, 2011

BEIJING - China expressed its confidence in the continued development of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, as the DPRK prepares for Wednesday's funeral of top leader Kim Jong-il.

"We hope and believe that the DPRK people will turn their sorrow into strength, and advance toward the goal of building a socialist country under the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and Kim Jong-un," Foreign Minister spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing.

He also said China hopes that all sides in the region can improve their relationships and jointly push forward denuclearization and the Six-Party Talks.

Wednesday's funeral of Kim Jong-il is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of mourners.

The DPRK media has so far given few details of the planned event but analysts expect it to be similar to the 1994 funeral of Kim's father Kim Il-sung.

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