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Kim Jong-il Dies, the North Korean Leader Suffered a Heart Attack at the Age of 69

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Recently: “The KCNA later reported that [Kim Jong-il] had died of a “severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack” at 08:30 local time on Saturday (23:30 GMT Friday). He had been on a train at the time, for one of his “field guidance” tours, KCNA said.” Read more from the BBC

Bio: Kim Jong-il (also written as Kim Jong Il)(Jong Il Kim) (born February 16, 1941, Vyatskoye, Soviet Union or February 16, 1942, Baekdu Mountain, Japanese Korea) is the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He is the Chairman of the National Defense Commission, Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, and General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (the ruling party since 1948). He succeeded his father Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, who died in 1994, and commands the 4th largest standing army in the world. North Korea officially refers to him as the “Dear Leader”. Read the rest of his bio from Wikipedia

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  1. oportosanto May 16, 2016

    Kim died at 69 (rather young age), but his successor is following the same line and eventually a little more aggressive to prove himself as a strong leader. They put on quite an act if you ask me.

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  2. tskier01123 April 6, 2016

    Man, North Korea is quite the cluster. You have to wonder when it will be that the crazy finally gets too crazy for the rest of the world and someone steps in. That’ll be ugly, no matter what. I feel like the US allies and the South Koreans can easily win any conflict, but it won’t be bloodless. Not by a long stretch and when you add in nuclear arsenal to the mix. It makes you nervous that psycho’s like the Un’s can get into a position of power to rule over an entire country.

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  3. jaspervance March 31, 2016

    I do not see why North Korea is allowed to threaten the world at all. Kim Jung Un needs to be slapped hard, and his nuclear program needs to be put out of commission once and for all. The world cannot tolerate this, and needs to come together to deal with this problem. Perhaps regime change is needed in North Korea, as it would surely do good for a people that are facing hunger daily.

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  4. GreenEggsAndSam March 29, 2016

    The father was bad, the son is worse. He seems to have his fathers iron fist around the neck of the North Korean people, but is far more unstable. The father would rattle just enough to get more foreign food aid, but the son seems to really believe some of the things he is saying. I would not be surprised to see him actually try to carry out some of his threats. On a side note, at least the son has better hair than his old man.

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  5. Diane Lane March 29, 2016

    I agree that Kim Jong-Un is a loose cannon. It seems I hear at least a few times a week about moves he/North Korea have made to further destabilize the region, and set those in the area, as well as those of us here in the United States, on edge. I’d like to see him have his own page here, so we could comment on him, rather than his predecessor.

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  6. MarkOfDavison March 28, 2016

    Kim Jong Un is one of the most dangerous men on Earth right now. Not because of intelligence, strength, or power, but because he is such a loose cannon. If someone leading a small country, possessing nuclear weapons can confidently threaten the most powerful countries, and believe that they will win, that shows that they are unstable and dangerous. His delusions and beliefs that he has a chance to win will lead him to do something stupid.

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  7. Diane Lane February 23, 2016

    It doesn’t seem that much has changed with the transition of the head of state in North Korea. The country seems to be on the same path as when Kim Jong-Il was in charge, although there is the bluster about nuclear/hydrogen weapons. It’s hard to know what to believe, since the country is closed off and information is contained. From what I saw in one source, Kim Jong-Un has overspent on military and the heads of that same military are threatening to oust him in a coup, but since that comes from South Korea, it could be propaganda aimed at those in North Korea, or could be disinformation used in an attempt to undermine Kim Jong-Un’s confidence. It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds, but I hope the regime doesn’t push too far.

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  8. SirJoe February 11, 2016

    It just shows you that it doesn’t matter who you are, there is no one person is immortal. I don’t want to be infantile but it’s befitting that he died when he was 69. I don’t doubt that it it brought a chuckle to many a teenager, outside North Korea naturally.

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  9. Esperaholon December 17, 2015

    Are Kim and Putin dancing in that picture? Because it looks simply hilarious. That said… I never really know what to think about North Korea. I know its a horrible place, but few individuals ever really talk about it. LIke I know Kim’s son is in charge now, but how has that changed or not changed things? How badly are the people starving over there? Why… why can’t we do what we have done in the middle-east and um… ahem take out the leadership? Is it just because of China or is Russia also a part of this? There are so many questions that no one seems to be asking or answering. Oh well.

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  10. bonzer April 28, 2015

    So, what does his death have in prospect for North Korea’s immediate neighborhood and the nuclear proliferation in general? They have been in constant confrontation with South Korea and the nuclear proliferation is alarming. I hope a pro-people leader succeeds him and caps the nuclear testing. Arms race is not going to do any good any country. Economic development alone allays all the mistrust and apprehensions.

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  11. Ruth Martin October 19, 2012

    So what happens now that Kim Jong is dead? Has his work been continued by others or has it stopped? I do not follow the news, etc. much, so I haven’t heard.

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  12. Stacy June 17, 2009

    He must be stopped. The world is not safe with this egocentric crazed idiot who has nuclear weapons he is TESTING in his possesion. This is a danger to us all as he is not listening to sanctions place by the U.N and really seems to not care what the U.S. thinks. I hope Obama does smething to stop this potential crisis before it is too late!

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  13. Bif Sinclair August 3, 2008

    We should send 50 Cent over there to bust a cap in his a.. You know for 60 years the US has punished the poor people of North Korea. As the leader of the free world it our duty to help opressed people but our CIA is a bunch of idiots and loosers – so they continue to allow this nut bag to run wild. That is why they made a report on how sadaam was making nuclear weapons and we invaded Iraq. After they found the CIA repoert was a bunch of lies they should have arrested 10 people there and thrown out the boss. Instead they promoted them all. Maybe if our CIA worked for Kim Kong II then we could roll em over and cap em.

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  14. Marc July 30, 2008

    This guy is bent on getting nuclear weapons and is clearly deluded. He thinks he is a god…Also, the standoff between North and South Korea has gone on for too long.

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  15. Mal Milligan July 25, 2008

    If there was ever a sick Nazi like leader that deserved “a promotion” it is this guy. When I look at Kim Jong I see Adolph Hitler. A typical hospital operating table in North Korea is a rusted steel table with 2 straps on it because of him. Lets take the trash out and then reunite Korea once and for all. East and West Germany combined to make the 3rd largest economy in the world. Lets save the people of North Korea and create a Free Asian Tiger.

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  16. asjaipersad February 12, 2008

    We need to be careful!Kim Jong-il with his eccentricity will sacrafice his people for his own personal gain. We should be worried about his weapons of mass destruction and leave the people of Iraq alone!

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