KIM JONG IL Died, Korean President

North Korean President Kim Jong-il died of a stroke. North Korea also imposed a state of siege.

"Our leader Comrade Kim Jong-il died on December 17, 0830," said state TV Central TV as reported by the New York Times, Monday (18/12/2011).

Jim Jong-il died at the age of 69 years reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008. TV presenter on North Korea's Kim Jong-il declared dead because of physical condition and fatigue due to work.

North Korea also imposed a state of siege. North Korea said its military alert over the death of Kim Jong-il and the National Security Council will hold an emergency meeting, Yonhap news agency said

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

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but he had 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 communist country's "Dear 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.

Kim Jong Il had been groomed for 20 years to lead the communist nation founded by his guerrilla fighter-turned-politician father and built according to the principle of "juche," or self-reliance.

Even with a successor, there had been some fear among North Korean observers of a behind-the-scenes power struggle or nuclear instability upon the elder Kim's death.

Few firm facts are available when it comes to North Korea, one of the most isolated countries in the world, and not much is clear about the man known as the "Dear Leader."


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