North Korea's Kim Jong-Il dies

2011-12-19 06:26

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has died aged 69 of a heart attack, state media announced on Monday, plunging the impoverished but nuclear-armed nation into uncertainty amid a second dynastic succession.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the leader "passed away from a great mental and physical strain" at 08:30 on Saturday (23:30 GMT on Friday), while on a train for one of his "field guidance" tours.

It urged people to follow his youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong-Un, who is aged in his late 20s and until last year had no public profile.

"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," said the news agency and a weeping black-clad TV announcer.

KCNA said Kim died of a "severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack". It said an autopsy was performed on Sunday.

The leader suffered a stroke in August 2008 which left him with impaired movement in his left arm and leg.

His funeral will be held on December 28 in Pyongyang but no foreign delegations will be invited, KCNA said. A period of national mourning was declared from December 17 to 29.

South Korea placed all troops on emergency alert after the shock news, the South's Yonhap news agency reported. It summoned a meeting of the National Security Council and President Lee Myung-Bak cancelled all his schedules.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it had increased monitoring along the border along with US forces in the country but no unusual activity had been observed.

North and South Korea have remained technically at war since their three-year Korean conflict ended only in an armistice in 1953.

KCNA, quoting a statement from the national funeral committee headed by Jong-Un, said Kim Jong-Il's body would lie in state in Kumsusan palace where his father's embalmed body is on display.

It said mourners would be allowed to visit the body from December 20 to 27.

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-19 06:33

    I really hope people over there are not going to do stupid things.

      Yar - 2011-12-19 06:43

      They have been doing stupid things for years. Let's hope they use this opportunity to do something sensible for a change.

      GARBADGEDAY - 2011-12-19 07:30

      i doubt they will, North Korea must be one of the worst places to live. They have no food, nothing basically. The only part of the country that looks good are the monuments and houses of the leaders. A perfect example of communism.

      rbczovczov - 2011-12-19 07:31

      Kim Jong, please say hie to Saddam, Gaddafi, Osama, Polpot, Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin, etc

      Squeegee - 2011-12-19 07:41

      Gone to negotiate Mugabe's grand entrence into hell.

      Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-19 08:47

      So he was really Il the whole time....

      Squeegee - 2011-12-19 08:56

      He's gone to a better place. Hell is way better than North Korea right now.

  • DerpyHooves - 2011-12-19 06:41

    Those were the days my friend We'd thought they'd never end We'd sing and dance Forever and a day We'd live the life we'd choose We'd fight and never lose Fore we were young And sure to have our way La la lala la la la...

      AntiThesis - 2011-12-19 06:53

      Haha, that is soooo funny......only Mugabe left now.

      Yar - 2011-12-19 07:09

      @Anti Wrong - still a few to go Assad in Syria Chavez in Venezuela Castro in Cuba Mahmud Ahmedidiot in Iran Africa is full of them.

      Malcolm - 2011-12-19 08:23

      @Yar. Agreed! And won't the world be a better place with this lot gone!!!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-19 10:55

      And all of the USA....

      Malcolm - 2011-12-19 11:12

      @Goodfornothing, NOPE, without the Police USA we will be at the hands of ruthless, merciless, evil dictators who bring nothing but misery suffering to their citizens.

      Michael - 2011-12-19 12:23

      @goyoubadthing - do you actually know what you are talking about (the USA) - have you for one moment stopped to think about your stupid and senseless comment . . .?

      Spyker - 2011-12-19 13:02

      @Yar.., Bro, you left out the ENTIRE ANC regime - ie both sides of the showerhead. They are part of the COMMUCAPITALISTs - ie Communism for the People and Capitalism for the Party-elite. They are all fed by the 'Yellow Evil' from the East. @goyoudofthing.., Do you find hunderds-of-thousands of US citizens fleeing the their country of birth each year - facing certain execution if they are caught..? Do you have vast forced-labour prison-camps littered all over the USA..? E.g. when you travel on the NY Subway are you experience the non-stop pounded government propoganda..? Do the USA prohibit you from virtually any/all form of ownership..? Has the USA effectively removed all means of reward - i.o.w. COLLECTIVISM at the level of TOTALITARIAN NATIONALISM..? To name but a few...

  • kingriaan - 2011-12-19 06:50

    Those were the days my friend...haha. Now old Bob Mugabe must be panicked as hell

      rbczovczov - 2011-12-19 07:31

      The world's safety just increased by 2%.

      Angus - 2011-12-19 08:36

      Maybe the oil price will drop by a few percent to reflect the safer environment we now live in.

  • Ahmed - 2011-12-19 06:56 jong.... whos next?

      Denise - 2011-12-19 07:02

      Bob, Bobs next. Wonder if he saw the Nandos "last dictator standing ad"?

      rbczovczov - 2011-12-19 07:49

      RIP Kim Jong-il. I loved you in those Hangover movies.

  • AntiThesis - 2011-12-19 07:00

    Kim Il-sung(father), was designated the country's "Eternal President" after his death in 1994, with his son, Kim Jong-Il(son) only being the head of state - a necrocracy if you will. With Kim Jong-Un probably taking office now, North Korea is even closer to a trinitarian state - the unholy trinity anyone? Now for the first time, the analogy of spending an eternity in heaven being the same as a celestial North Korea, takes on a very real and new meaning.....

  • Boer - 2011-12-19 07:05

    hell has quite a few high profile newcomers this year

  • Vivian - 2011-12-19 07:42

    Good riddance, one more bites the dust, only a handful left and then the world will be a better place

      Vegi - 2011-12-19 07:53

      How callous of you.

      Michael - 2011-12-19 12:26

      Isn't it amazing that Vegi gets more thumbs down than any other blogger? I wonder why!?

  • Peter - 2011-12-19 07:44

    Yeah..... Give ME a bells!!!!

  • Vegi - 2011-12-19 07:51

    The great leader of the Koreans is gone. My sincere condolences to his family and country men and women.

      John - 2011-12-19 08:03

      Ah.... The man who's mother named him "Vegi". She had great insight.

      AntiThesis - 2011-12-19 08:06

      You cannot be serious

      John - 2011-12-19 08:14

      Broccoli brain, you have been quiet for a while (probably growing again after you were cut down to size)but obviously you haven't progressed an inch. This fool was a dictator deluxe and as dumb as mud, so good riddance to bad rubbish. Now we are waiting in anticipation for the news of the demise of Robber Mugarbage to end off a good year where Osama, Gaddafi and other idiots were culled!

      Angus - 2011-12-19 08:41

      So a country split in two, with one half living in near poverty, while the other is a world leader in many facets and is thriving! People have freedom, health, a quality of life, etc etc etc, and you 'ol Veg mourn the leader who has plunged the other half of the country into poverty, disease, aggression, manipulation, obscurity and every other evil? Let me guess, you are also an ardent ANC supporter & will be volunteering to assist the ANC to keep Bob in power at next years Zim elections? Thought so...

  • Ian - 2011-12-19 07:52

    another one for the hot pit, hope mugarbage and fatboy joins them soon

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-19 07:59

    "severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack" i have a problem with this

      Ann - 2011-12-19 09:55

      This means he is really, REALLY dead.

      Michael - 2011-12-19 12:28

      Is it the infarction that gets you? I once had one on my bum!

  • mduduzi.m.ncube2 - 2011-12-19 08:41

    what has Mugabe have to do with this .Long Live Mugabe. Viva ZANU.To hell with imperialism and the west.It is high time all countries claim their independence, like Zimbabwe, North Korea among others.We came out of political colonisation to economic colonisation.Viva Freedom. Viva Malema. I DEMAND CHANGE

      Bigrp - 2011-12-19 08:49

      I demand that they only allow people to post comments after doing an IQ test and getting more than 120!

      Boer - 2011-12-19 09:07

      @mduduzi.m.ncube2 you are going to love this:

      Michael - 2011-12-19 12:29

      You want change? - I have a few cents in my purse!

      Michael - 2011-12-19 13:39

      @Peter - are you the pumkin eater?

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