Reuters and The Chicago Tribune have both reported that Kim Jong-il’s body is going to be embalmed. This means that his body is going to be on display under glass for a while:
“”It’s all about idolizing (the Kim family). They keep their bodies preserved to keep the regime intact,” said Hong Soon-kyung, a former North Korean ambassador to Thailand who defected and now lives in South Korea and leads a group that aims to democratize the North.”
The successor is 27-year-old Kim Jong-un, and let’s hope that he decides to give peace a chance.