Pyongyang: Sky Glowed Red Before Kim's Death
Ice cracked and Manchurian crane circled, state media claims
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2011 3:21 AM CST
Updated Dec 22, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Crowds cheer below Mount Paektu on Kim Jong Il's 67th birthday.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

(Newser) – Weird and wonderful events surrounded the death of Kim Jong Il, according to North Korea's state-run media. The country's official news agency claims that a snowstorm suddenly ceased and the sky glowed red over the sacred Mount Paektu minutes before Kim departed. A frozen lake cracked with a loud rupture, and a Manchurian crane circled a statute of Kim's father, Kim Il Sung, before flying off toward Pyongyang.

Foreign dignitaries hoping to travel to Pyongyang for Kim's funeral next week and perhaps witness some wondrous events for themselves are out of luck, however. Pyongyang has banned foreigners from visiting the country to pay their respects, with only a handful of exceptions, the Wall Street Journal reports. South Korea says a former president's wife and the chairwoman of Hyundai have been granted approval to travel to North Korea. Japanese magician Princess Tenko is also expected to be at the funeral.

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OuttaHere
Dec 23, 2011 2:54 PM CST
I'm sure that Satan was not pleased when he showed up.
hamsammichs
Dec 23, 2011 3:00 AM CST
This same state-run media source said that this motherfucker shot something like 36 UNDER PAR his first ever round of golf (for the layman, 10 under par is a once in a lifetime score). North Korea's government is such a joke, I feel for the citizens that live under that shit.
Kookey90
Dec 22, 2011 4:44 PM CST
This cracks me up: "Japanese magician Princess Tenko is also expected to be at the funeral." Maybe they're hoping she can pull a rabbit out of her hat, or better yet monkies or a reincarnation of Kim Jong LL out of her butt.