Kim Jong-il Dead at 69


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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il died on Saturday at the age of 69. The announcement was made Monday morning on North Korea’s state-run television which attributed the cause of death to ‘physical and mental over-work.’ Kim had suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from the public eye for months but has since made diplomatic trips to China and Russia. The death of North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ will send shock waves throughout the country. 

South Korea’s military has been put on emergency alert.

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  1. Andrew

    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?

    December 19, 2011 at 4:40 am

  2. thedefectormovie

    You’re right Andrew, Jim Jong-Un has slid into his father’s seat (or his grandfather’s seat) and it seems his uncle Jang Song-Thaek is right at his elbow. The inner court – the Presidium – is also very entrenched and probably very interested in keeping their positions as well.It will be shocking, momentous if one day North Korea becomes a free country. Who knows, it could happen as suddenly as the fall of the Berlin Wall…

    December 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm