British detail Pyongyang during mourning period for Kim Jong Il
Ever bold, the British seem to among the first nation to have its embassy officials report to the world with a bird’s-eye view of Pyongyang in the days after the death of Kim Jong Il.
British diplomats were also among several foreign missions in the North Korean capital to have been received by the nation’s anointed new leader, Kim’s youngest son, Kim Jong Un at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace on Tuesday.
Barnaby Jones, first secretary at the British Embassy in Pyongyang, said he was invited along with other foreign diplomats to view Kim’s body, which was on display at the mausoleum.
That’s where he was greeted by North Korea’s leader-in-waiting.
“Kim Jong Un was receiving diplomats and representatives of international organizations at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace,” Jones told reports in a telephone interview from Pyongyang.
He described the mood in Pyongyang as “subdued but calm.”
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“We have been out on the streets of Pyongyang closely monitoring the situation since the news first broke. North Koreans are in a state of mourning and we have seen people paying their respects at landmarks across the city,” Jones said.
“People are carrying out their normal daily business. There is a normal amount of traffic on the streets though many shops and restaurants are currently closed.”