UNITED NATIONS - The UN General Assembly granted a request from North Korea to hold a moment of silence on Thursday for Kim Jong-il, the country's former leader who died on Saturday, though Western envoys said they would boycott it.
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 193-nation General Assembly, said the moment of silence would take place before a meeting of the assembly at 3:00 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) .
North Korea's UN mission made a similar request to the UN Security Council, though Western diplomats said it was rejected.
"We didn't think it would be appropriate," a diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
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