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Country, Veritable Sea of Mourners

Pyongyang, December 20 (KCNA) -- No sooner had the sad news of the demise of leader Kim Jong Il been reported than every worksite, family, street and village associated with his footprints turned into a veritable sea of mourners.

People in Jagang Province, creators of the Kanggye Spirit bitterly grieved his sudden demise as it was dear to Kim Jong Il during the Arduous March and a historic region where the great age of industrial revolution started in the new century under his guidance.

Their lamentation is particularly louder as Kim Jong Il visited it several times in a year to help them take the lead in the drive for defending socialism and pushing back the frontiers of latest science and technology.

Officials, technicians and workers of the Huichon Ryonha General Machinery Plant deeply grieved over the leader's demise, thinking of the field guidance given by him who made it win fame as a plant of national value through his tireless efforts and great devotion.

They said: "You promised us to visit our plant again with a congratulatory bouquet in your hand if you receive news of the production of a mother machine. Your demise is unbelievable. How can you go. It can't happen."

Such grief and lamentation were heard from every factory in the province which Kim Jong Il visited while making forced marches for field guidance in the whole year of 2011.

A huge crowd of mourners gathered at the Hamhung Plaza in South Hamgyong Province where a celebration of mass-production of vinalon, a great auspicious event of the country, took place in the presence of Kim Jong Il.

Workers of the February 8 Vinalon Complex, the Hungnam Fertilizer Complex and the Ryongsong Machine Complex called Kim Jong Il in chocking voices again and again, showing the vinalon fiber, a heap of fertilizers and latest geothermal facilities which pleased him so much.

They recollected with deep emotion the unforgettable time when they sang songs and danced in a banquet hall in the presence of Kim Jong Il in those dream-like days they spent in Pyongyang at his invitation. This made them more heartrending and regretful.

People in North Hwanghae Province mourned his demise in profound reverence before the mosaics depicting his image at the Migok Co-op Farm in Sariwon City, the Township of Koksan County, etc.

An endless stream of people in Nampho City including workers in Kangson visited the statues of President Kim Il Sung in Chollima District and the Chongsan Co-op Farm in Kangso District and the mosaics standing at the Chollima Iron and Steel Complex to mourn the leader's demise.

People of South Phyongan Province wept bitterly over his demise, regretting for failing to remain more loyal to him. Among them were agricultural workers in Wonhwa Co-op Farm in Phyongwon County which had the honor of registering the leader as its honorary farmer, and workers of the Namhung Chemical Complex.

People in Ryanggang Province mourned his demise before the statues of the President and Kim Jong Suk, an anti-Japanese war hero.

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