Borders sealed and markets closed amid fears of unrest
THE FIRST hint came at 10.26am on a frozen morning in Pyongyang. "An important notice will be released at noon," said the one-line report from the Korean Central News Agency, the mouthpiece of the world's most secretive state.
At that point, North Korea's borders had already been sealed for nine hours, and all army officers recalled from leave. Police were being deployed to every street and alleyway, and orders had been issued to shut down markets and other public meeting places which could provide a spark of unrest. The powerful National Security Agency and Peoples' Safety Ministry were was on high alert. Then, at 12.02pm, the news broke. Dressed in black, A sobbing presenter on state television announced that Kim Jong-il, the "dear leader", had died at the age of 69. (© Daily Telegraph, London)