North Korea said it will enshrine Kim Jong Il’s body in the palace housing his father, the national founder, deepening its veneration of the Kim dynasty as the country transfers power to a third generation of the family.
The country also said it will erect a new Kim Jong Il statue and build “towers to his immortality,” while the ruling party called him “eternal leader” and gave his birthday a new title that underlines his military-first policy and links him more closely to his father, Kim Il Sung, who is still revered as the “eternal president.”
The North’s state media called Kim Jong Il the “eternal leader” — reminiscent of his father’s title — and said his body will be displayed at Pyongyang’s Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where the embalmed body of Kim Il Sung has been lying since 1995, a year after he died.
It was unclear whether their bodies would be in the same room.
The new name for Kim Jong Il’s birthday, “Day of the Shining Star,” is another link to Kim Il Sung, whose birthday is called the “Day of the Sun.”
“Shining Star” also was the name given by North Korea to what it says was a satellite it launched into space in April 2009, but that the United States says was a long-range rocket test. The launch stoked regional tensions and earned North Korea international sanctions and condemnation.
Maybe one day it will be overthrown just like the Iraqi people did to Saddam Hussein’s “shrine”?