North Korea mourns death of Kim Jong-il
People across North Korea stopped in their tracks at midday to silently honor late leader Kim Jong Il, who died in December last year.
Pyongyang construction workers took off their yellow helmets and bowed at the waist as sirens wailed across the city for three minutes.
Jong Il's son, Kim Jong Un, presided over a solemn ceremony to reopen the sprawling granite mausoleum where his father's embalmed remains will lie in state near those of his grandfather Kim Il Sung, the Daily Express reports.
According to report, tens of thousands of North Koreans gathered in the frigid plaza outside the renovated hall where Kim Jong Il's body is going on public display.
Kim Jong-il died last December from a heart attack while travelling on his train.