Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Cambodian state media reported on 21 October (Sunday) that Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop and an official DPRK mourning delegation paid their final respects to former King of Cambodia (King-Father) Norodom Sihanouk, lying in state at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Yang later met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. According to Xinhua English Yang told Hun Sen that “the demise of the King-Father was a great loss not only for Cambodia, but also for the DPRK as well as the whole world.” Yang departed from Pyongyang the previous day, along with DPRK Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Kil Yon and other DPRK officials, on a condolence visit for former Cambodian King who passed away at the age of 90 in Beijing on 15 October.
On 21 October DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) had the DPRK Embassy in Cambodia deliver a floral wreath to Sihanouk’s funerary bier at the Royal Palace on 19 October (Friday). According to KCNA the ribbon on the floral wreath contained KJU’s name and the message “I Mourn the Passing of His Majesty the Great King Norodom Sihanouk.”