Monday, December 19, 2011

N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died, state-run TV has announced.His death was announced in an emotional statement read out on national television.

The announcer, wearing black, said he had died on Saturday of physical and mental over-work. Kim Jong-il was 69 and believed to have suffered ill health for many years.

The BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul says his death will cause huge shock waves across North Korea.

His son Kim Jong-un has been suggested as a likely successor although nothing has yet been announced
in the highly secretive state.

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