North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died

By EVAN RAMSTAD

SEOUL - Kim Jong Il, the dictator who used fear and isolation to maintain power in North Korea and the threat of nuclear weapons to menace his neighbors and the U.S., has died, North Korean state television reported early Monday.

His death opens a new and potentially dangerous period of transition and instability for North Korea and northeast Asia. Mr. Kim in September 2010 tapped his youngest son to succeed him, though it isn't known whether the son will take control right away.

Mr. Kim, who was 69 or 70 years old, according to varying accounts, died from fatigue during a train ride on Saturday, a weeping television announcer said.

Mr. Kim took power after the death in July 1994 of his father, Kim Il Sung, who founded North Korea in 1948. The country, a declining communist industrial power when he took control, fell into abject poverty under his rule. However, Mr. Kim continued to command attention and relevance in the world by building nuclear weapons and selling other arms.

He staked his legitimacy on his father's 46-year rule. Kim Jong Il never called himself president of North Korea. Instead, he bestowed on his father after death the title of "eternal president," while he took lesser titles such as chairman of national defense and general secretary of the main political party.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il waves from a car after the meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Aug. 24.

Mr. Kim suffered a stroke-like illness in August 2008 and was incapacitated for two months, forcing him to begin to groom a successor.

In 2009, reports surfaced that Mr. Kim had chosen the youngest of his three sons, Kim Jong Eun, to carry on the family's regime. Those reports were confirmed in September 2010, when Mr. Kim appointed his son, who is believed to be 27 or 28 years old, a four-star general in the North Korean military and to high-level posts in the ruling political party.

On Monday, North Korean state television said the younger Mr. Kim will lead the country.

South Korea stocks were down 4.6% on the news early Monday, and officials were closely monitoring levels of the won against other currencies.



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Re: North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died
Anioma777 posted on 12-18-2011, 23:04:55 PM
This man was a right character. I heard he was very popular with the ladies. I will never for get his shades that he used to feel cool in.
May his soul R.I.P

Strong leader albeit brutal but hey that is what the western press love to portray. He stood up to the west and despite mad George Bush comments that N.Korea was an axis of evil nation he dare not try attacking them after the memories of America's humiliation during the Korea war.
Re: North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died
Auspicious posted on 12-18-2011, 23:35:38 PM
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After Big Chuky comes Little Chuky,..

Overfed "Dear Leaders" of an impoverished, desperately poor and badly manipulated population.

Oh well, so long as they invest in deterring America, who cares if they starve to death? Priorities, eh?

At this rate, aMerika may need to adopt a new slogan to capture it all: "We Simply Make Them Go Nuts".


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Re: North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died
Patcho posted on 12-19-2011, 00:30:35 AM
The world loves Defiance. There goes a man who refused to bow to western powers. Kim reminds me of Ghaddafi ill advised by his son Saif. Even South Koreans yearn to kneel and kiss the soil of unoccupied north. Between Kim and Ghaddafi, who would you rather be?
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Superego posted on 12-19-2011, 01:06:43 AM
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The world loves Defiance. There goes a man who refused to bow to western powers. Kim reminds me of Ghaddafi ill advised by his son Saif. Even South Koreans yearn to kneel and kiss the soil of unoccupied north. Between Kim and Ghaddafi, who would you rather be?


It is funny how his son lived to see and reap the fruit of his ill advice and being much given to consumption of wine, dinning with the Queen and forking aMerikan broads. A big and expensive lesson I would say.
Re: North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died
Chi2 posted on 12-19-2011, 02:20:38 AM
Kim Jong II's moon-faced son looks cool. He projects the demeanour of a folk who conceals iron gloves beneath the velvet ones. South Korea and Japan should maintain yellow alert in anticipation of his signature tune.

Second, What happens if he sales nuclear secret to whoever pays (particularly, US enemies) in order to secure revenue for his poverty stricken country

My 3rd fear is whether North Korean military establishment could step in to halt the hereditary political structure and reverse the political landscape in that secluded and secretive nation.

Fourth, what covert design is China executing with the new North Korea leader?

The US, South Korea, and Japan are sleeping with one eye open, analyzing, reflecting and mapping out strategies that could tackle the emerging political geometry.
Kim Jong IL dead!!!!
Superego posted on 12-19-2011, 03:59:07 AM
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North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died
News / Wall Steet Journal posted on 12-19-2011, 03:59:07 AM

By EVAN RAMSTAD


SEOUL - Kim Jong Il, the dictator who used fear and isolation to maintain power in North Korea and the threat of nuclear weapons to menace his neighbors and the U.S., has died, North Korean state television reported early Monday.




His death opens a new and potentially dangerous period of transition and instability for North Korea and northeast Asia. Mr. Kim in September 2010 tapped his youngest son to succeed him, though it isn't known whether the son will take control right away.




Mr. Kim, who was 69 or 70 years old, according to varying accounts, died from fatigue during a train ride on Saturday, a weeping television announcer said.


Mr. Kim took power after the death in July 1994 of his father, Kim Il Sung, who founded North Korea in 1948. The country, a declining communist industrial power when he took control, fell into abject poverty under his rule. However, Mr. Kim continued to command attention and relevance in the world by building nuclear weapons and selling other arms.


He staked his legitimacy on his father's 46-year rule. Kim Jong Il never called himself president of North Korea. Instead, he bestowed on his father after death the title of "eternal president," while he took lesser titles such as chairman of national defense and general secretary of the main political party.








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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il waves from a car after the meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Aug. 24.





Mr. Kim suffered a stroke-like illness in August 2008 and was incapacitated for two months, forcing him to begin to groom a successor.


In 2009, reports surfaced that Mr. Kim had chosen the youngest of his three sons, Kim Jong Eun, to carry on the family's regime. Those reports were confirmed in September 2010, when Mr. Kim appointed his son, who is believed to be 27 or 28 years old, a four-star general in the North Korean military and to high-level posts in the ruling political party.


On Monday, North Korean state television said the younger Mr. Kim will lead the country.


South Korea stocks were down 4.6% on the news early Monday, and officials were closely monitoring levels of the won against other currencies.



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Re: North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died
Auspicious posted on 12-19-2011, 05:08:42 AM
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The world loves Defiance. There goes a man who refused to bow to western powers. Kim reminds me of Ghaddafi ill advised by his son Saif. Even South Koreans yearn to kneel and kiss the soil of unoccupied north. Between Kim and Ghaddafi, who would you rather be?


The world loves defiance.

But not in the case of the diminutive guy from above the peninsula.

Instead and in fact, he is derided by the larger world that isn't within his impoverished, hypnotized enclave. Besides a tiny proportion of noted revisionists like yourself (who by the way, would NEVER opt to live within the serfdom of the departed "dear leader", no matter what - assuming they let you in there at all), nobody of note is impressed by what you call his "refusal to bow" to western powers.

The rulership in the cocoon of political repression that is the North Korea is best known as the international butt of derision and painfully sarcastic jibes, what with every decision and choices they make over there being the result of a deep-seated inferiority complex - at least, enough to force them to spend huge fortunes on arming their enclave at the expense of feeding a starving population.

Who, if not die-hard revisionists who nevertheless depend desperately on life in the west for survival and for their very essence, admires or "loves" that kind of stupidity? Yeah, indeed, "the world loves (puny) defiance"!

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Re: North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died
Patcho posted on 12-19-2011, 05:32:33 AM
@Auspicious:
Simple response to you is that if allowed in, given North Korea and Nigeria, I'd prefer to live in North Korea. I admire any man who stood for his believe even if 'wrong'/"stupid" and I won't accuse you of reading lots of Western press. I will not also ask you how many died in Nicaragua because USA experimented with them {human guinea pigs} by injecting infectious disease on their citizens.
Good to deride North Korea and nagotiate with them while the derison is on. Any lesson there?
Re: North Korea Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died
Infomister posted on 12-19-2011, 07:52:46 AM
The son is quickly taking over. Seems the Jong dynasty will still live on.
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