Sunday, December 18, 2011

N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

North Korean news media announced Monday that its leader Kim Jong-il died of physical fatigue during train ride last Saturday at 8:30 a.m.. He was 69.

"Leader Kim died physical and mental fatigue accumulated from his trip to on-site guidance in the train at 8:30 a.m.. Dec. 17," the (North) Korean Central News Agency said at noon Monday.

Kim, who took over North Korea after his father and national founder Kim Il-sung died in 1994, had been in ill heath after suffering an apparent stroke in 2008.

Following the North Korean announcement, the South Korean military declared emergency alert.

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