Rev. Moon's son greets mourners in North Korea

The youngest son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon arrived in North Korea on Friday to receive mourners for the founder of the Unification Church, who died at age 92 earlier this week.

The elder Moon was born in a village in what is now North Korea. He was a supporter of peace with North Korea and his church has several businesses, including a hotel and an automaker, in the North Korean capital. He died Monday near his home in South Korea, two weeks after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

Jang Song Thaek, vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was among North Korean officials who paid their respects to Moon's youngest son, the Rev. Hyung-jin Moon, in Pyongyang.

Moon's funeral will take place in South Korea on Sept. 15.


Rev. Hyung-jin Moon, second from right, the youngest son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon receives National Reunification Prize from Thae Hyong Chol, secretary general of the Presidium of North Korea, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, Friday, Sept. 7, Friday, 2012. Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul says church leader Hyung-jin Moon plans to receive mourners at a church-owned peace institute in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)