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N Korea unveils huge carving for late Kim

North Korea has unveiled a massive carving 120 metres wide across a natural rockface to mark next week's birthday of late leader Kim Jong-Il, according to state media.

The inscription "Peerless Patriot General Kim Jong-Il. February 16, Juche 101 (2012)" was carved on Mount Sokda in the southwestern province of South Pyongan, the official news agency said late Wednesday.

The total length is 120 metres (yards) and Kim's name is 10 metres high, 5.5 metres wide and 1.4 metres deep, it said.

"Officials and working people in South Pyongan province chose the rock that is easily visible, reflecting the ardent desire of the people around the country to exalt his immortal revolutionary feats forever," it added.

Senior ruling communist party officials, party members and working people took part in an unveiling ceremony on Wednesday.

Kim died of a heart attack on December 17 and was succeeded by his youngest son Jong-Un, the country's second dynastic succession since its founding in 1948.

North Korea, whose personality cult surrounding the Kims is like a state religion, has carved messages praising the dynasty on hundreds of rocks and cliffsides.

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