North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il, 69, Has Died

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Published December 18, 2011

SEOUL, South Korea –  DEVELOPING: Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69.

Kim’s death was announced Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media.

The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

The news came as North Korea prepared for a hereditary succession. Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, revered North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994.

In September 2010, Kim Jong Il unveiled his third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong Un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts.

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4 comments on “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il, 69, Has Died

  1. Unlike in the OZ when the wicked witch of the west died when Dorothy threw a bucket of water on her and her soldiers, I doubt that will be the case here. With Obama the dictatorial appeaser as president this doesn’t bode well for us. We’re broke and I fear he will be giving them all kinds of things to be nice. Anyway, I’ll grab a beer.
    Bob A.

  2. Pardon the missing words.
    Unlike in the OZ when the wicked witch of the west died when Dorothy threw a bucket of water on her and her soldiers cheered, I doubt that will be the case here. With Obama the dictatorial appeaser as president this doesn’t bode well for us. We’re broke and I fear he will be giving them all kinds of things to be nice. Anyway, I’ll grab a beer.
    Bob A.

  3. Remember what happened in Soviet Russia when Stalin died? Everyone who shared very close political allegiances to Stalin defected and Russia is now thriving.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think this is going to happen in North Korea. Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, Kim Il Sung died in 1994. I think his son Kim Jong Un will probably take control now.

    Maybe one day the people of North Korea will be given their change for freedom?

  4. Pingback: Another one bites the dust | Humanitarian Focus

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