The state-controlled "news agency" claims that ice ruptured with an "unprecedented loud crack" at Chon Lake on Mount Paektu on Saturday morning. Mount Paektu was the site of a military camp used by Kim Jong-il's father. It is also where the country claims Jong-il was born. (However, historians maintain Jong-il was actually born in Siberia in 1942, where his father was in hiding away from Japanese troops.)
And the so-called miracles apparently aren't limited to cracking ice. The KCNA reports that a huge snowstorm followed the ice capade, which itself immediately was followed by an illustrious sunrise which lit up the words carved into the mountainside, "Mt Paektu, holy mountain of revolution. Kim Jong il."
This spectacle was reportedly followed by another "natural wonder," near Kim Il-sung's statue on Tonghung Hill in the northeastern city of Hamhung.
"At around 21:20 (1220 GMT) Tuesday a Manchurian crane was seen flying around the statue three times before alighting on a tree," the news agency said. "The crane stayed there for quite a long while with its head bowed and flew in the direction of Pyongyang."
So, there you have it. One of the world's most notorious dictators dies, the sun rises and a bird flies. Miracles never cease.
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