The funeral of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il triggered a suitably elaborate procession in Pyongyang. Immense crowds in the tens of thousands braved freezing temperatures to bid the leader farewell as a parade of classic Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln limousines rolled through the city's snow-covered streets. According to news reports, citizens were enlisted to help clear the 40-mile parade route of deep snow ahead of the carefully choreographed procession. Only a few military vehicles were on hand flanking the leader's funeral hearse. An additional artillery salute is scheduled for Thursday alongside a three-minute moment of silence followed by the nation's trains and sea vessels sounding their horns in unison at noon.

Kim Jong-il's youngest son, Kim Jong-un, is expected to take control of the country with his aunt, Kim Kyong-hui, and his uncle, Jang Song-thaek serving in advisory roles. Kim Jong-un is expected to continue to push his father's military-first policy as the country moves toward becoming a legitimate nuclear power. Hit the jump to watch videos of the procession and check out our gallery below.





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      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tyrannical, west-hating, communist dictator takes his final ride in an old American luxury car, while his people walk in the snow. Well, at least he was consistent.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if they even understand the irony of using beautiful mid '70s American Lincoln Continental sedans as state cars? I really hope the next regime can lead the North Koreans into the 21st century and out of the 18th.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
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        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        For real they hate us, they teach there kids to hate us, but still srive are cars?
      M@
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was kind of hoping to see a Pullman Benz or two. That fake crying is hilarious.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Caught some of this last night. Hilarious how the NK commentator was crying like "waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah". Never seen so much fake crying in my life and they only seem to start crying when the camera turn to them. Sad and funny at the same time.
      Nuno Hipólito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear leader should've shoveled the snow himself. Fat bastard.
      Human
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those arent classic cars, those are the latest models in N. Korea. I think theyre gonna sell really well. To the handful of apparatchiks who rule the nation.
      willyk52
      • 3 Years Ago
      well, the cars ABC describes as "from the '50's" are actually 1975-1976 Lincolns. Makes you wonder how accurate their other 'facts' are. (I am not implying any conspiracy of bias, but rather a reckless indifference to the facts for the sake or dramatization.)
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @willyk52
        "reckless indifference to the facts" that perfectly describes modern American "journalism".
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frank
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      LMI500
      • 3 Years Ago
      That picture with the car with Kim on top reminds of the Blues Brothers movie when they had that giant speaker on top of their car!
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahhhh the sight of dictatorship with a cold and grey day. You never see commis and dictator videos/photos with a nice sunny beach. Seems everyone is sad in those countrys!! If you want a laugh today go and watch some Team America Kim Jong-il scenes. Priceless!
      mavsguy842
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is a great, are rare (as far as I know) short documentary about North Korea that I really enjoyed watching. The guys paid money to bribe their way from China in order to get in. http://www.vice.com/the-vice-guide-to-travel/vice-guide-to-north-korea-1-of-3
        Lankysean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mavsguy842
        That was a good documentary, probably one of the more interesting ones I've seen about North Korea, thanks!!
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fearless leader beat stig every time!
      Ridgie30
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems like China should jump in and take this joint over without a shot being fired...but maybe they are smart and don't want this mess of a country...China could also turn a blind eye, let the South Koreans 'repatriate' the North and expand their sales area for domestic market Hyundai, Kias and Daewoos (once the starving N Koreans got real jobs and made a few Won or whatever monopoly money they use...Really, how hard would it be to take over this place? Nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons that work? I highly doubt it...I think North Korean would be pretty low on the 'Power Rankings' for military might...
        Nuno Hipólito
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ridgie30
        The South doesn't have anything to do with the cost of upgrading the North! No way!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ridgie30
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        Swede
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ridgie30
        China is perfectly content with the current status quo.
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