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Author Topic: N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies  (Read 1363 times)
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« on: 19 December 2011, 07:21:12 »
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N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

19 December 2011 Last updated at 05:02 GMT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.

Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said.

He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent from public view for months.

His designated successor is believed to be his third son, Kim Jong-un, who is thought to be in his late 20s.

North Korea's state-run news agency, KCNA, urged people to unite behind the younger Kim.

"All party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of comrade Kim Jong-un and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public," the news agency said.

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« Reply #1 on: 19 December 2011, 07:23:55 »
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Looks like it has been a bad year for despots and crackpots, Bin Laden, Gadaffi and now Kim mentally ill bite the big one.

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« Reply #2 on: 19 December 2011, 11:22:04 »
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I am a bit worried about the comments from the newsagency, all unite behind the new leader.
Could mean there is a struggle behind the scenes.
Probably the reason why most military units in the region are on alert now.
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