It's come to this: UN holds moment of silence for Kim Jong-il

“Before proceeding to the items on our agenda and following with the exiting practice, it is my sad duty to pay tribute to the memory of the late Kim Jong-Il, secretary-general of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the national defense commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army who passed away on Saturday, Dec.17, 2011, ” the president said at the meeting on Thursday afternoon.

“I request the representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to convey condolences to the government and the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” he added.