Sunday, December 18, 2011

Updated: North Korea's Dictator Kim Jung Il Is Dead

Kim Jung Il: Dead at last
December 18, 2011 - CNN and other news outlets are now reporting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is dead. North Korean state run television says he died on Saturday at local time 8:30 a.m. He was 69 years old. It was reported in 2008 that he had a stroke, which greatly weakened his strength. Like his father before him, Kim Jong Il was held as a god-king by his subjects, ruling over this communist nation with an iron fist. He was called "Dear Leader." (See CNN video report)

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Al Jazeera is saying that the official North Korean news agency KCNA "said Kim died on Saturday of a 'severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack' on board a train during one of his field trips outside the capital of the communist country. An autopsy was performed on Sunday, and the North declared a period of national mourning from December 17 to 29."  Watch the KCNA televised announcement here

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Fox News reports that Kim "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." Fox also says Kim "was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease."

Starvation and deprevation have long been a problem in North Korea, which is called the most reclusive country on Earth. It is feared that North Korea is close to becoming a nuclear power, and is suspected of helping Iran with its nuclear program.

Since 2010, North Korea has been prepared for Kim's son, Kim Jong Un, to succeed him as the communist nation's leader. It's the continuation of a dynasty: Kim Jong Il inherited the rule of North Korea after his father, Kim Il Sung, died in 1994. Kim Il Sung was the founder of North Korea.

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