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DPRK top leader KIM JONG IL dies -- KCNA
Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), passed away last Saturday at the age of 69 "from a great mental and physical strain," the DPRK's official KCNA news agency reported on Monday.
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DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il passes away due to mental and physical strain
Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), passed away last Saturday at the age of 69 "from a great mental and physical strain," the DPRK's official KCNA news agency reported on Monday.
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Stability first for new North Korean leadership
South Korean soldiers watch the announcement of Kim Jong-il’s death, Monday.
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NK weeps, world wary
North Koreans in Pyongyang grieve after hearing the news of Kim Jong-il's death. Photo: IC
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West piles pressure on NK
A screen grab from North Korea's KRT Television shows Kim Jong-un paying his respects at the bier of his father Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters
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Chinese leaders offer condolences on Kim Jong Il's death
Chinese leaders Wen Jiabao (L Front), Jia Qinglin (4th L), Li Keqiang (3rd L), He Guoqiang (2nd L) and Zhou Yongkang (1st L) offer condolence on the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), at the DPRK Embassy in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 21, 2011. Photo:Xinhua
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S.Korea mulls follow-up reaction to North
A released picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday shows diplomatic corps in North Korea offering their condolences at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where the body of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il lies in state, in Pyongyang. North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, has secured a solid power base in both the ruling party and the military, analysts said Wednesday. Photo: AFP
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S. Korea allows private condolences on Kim Jong Il's death

South Korea has decided to allow civilians and private organizations to send their condolences on the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Seoul's Unification Ministry said Wednesday.
Crucial DPRK ruling party conference under way to elect new leadership
A crucial conference of the ruling party of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is under way here on Tuesday to elect the party's highest leading body, the Minju Choson newspaper reported.

Kim Jong-un appointed as successor
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the "Korean Revolution" is now led by Kim Jong-un, and the members of the Worker's Party of Korea (WPK), servicepeople, and all others will be faithful to his leadership.
DPRK appoints new vice PM, vice FMs
Kang Sok Ju was appointed as vice premier of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday, according to a decree of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly.
Nikkei closes sharply lower on DPRK leader's death

Tokyo stocks closed sharply lower Monday on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Il's death, with the key Nikkei index plunging 1.26 percent.

Noda urges officials to keep in touch with US, China, S. Korea over Kim's death: media

Japan has already discussed DPRK leader Kim Jong Il's death with US, South Korea, and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda urged officials to keep in touch with US, China, South Korea over the issue, according to Kyodo citing a senior government official.
DPRK calls for national loyalty, unity after Kim Jong Il's death
The authorities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday called on the nation to remain loyal to Kim Jong Un, son of late leader Kim Jong Il.

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Chinese President Hu expresses condolences on Kim Jong Il's death

Chinese President Hu Jintao went to the embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Beijing Tuesday morning to express condolences on the demise of top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il.


China's Foreign Ministry sends condolences over Kim Jong Il's death
According to China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu on Monday, shocked by the unfortunate passing of Kim Jong Il, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), China offered their condolences to the Korean people with heartfelt sympathy.

China expresses "deep condolences" on death of DPRK top leader

China on Monday offered its "deep condolences" on the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Chinese leaders offer condolences on Kim Jong Il's death
Senior Chinese officials Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang offered their condolences on the death of DPRK leader Kim Jong Il at the Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Beijing Wednesday.


International Reactions
US in close touch with S. Korea, Japan over Kim Jong Il's death: White House
The White House said late Sunday that the United States is in close touch with South Korea and Japan over the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Obama calls S. Korean president on Kim's death

US President Barack Obama held a phone conversation with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak following the death of top leader Kim Jong Il of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Australian FM: calm, restraint should be maintained over Kim Jong Il's death

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said here on Monday world countries and leaders should maintain calm and restraint over the news of Kim Jong Il's death.

Rudd said the news of death does not come as a surprise but at the moment "all analysts on North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) are handicapped by what we don't know."

S. Korea on alert following top DPRK leader's death

South Korea is put on high alert Monday following the death of Kim Jong Il, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).Immediately after the DPRK's KCNA news agency reported Kim's death, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak convened the National Security Council (NSC) to discuss follow-up measures with officials.
S.Korea's financial market rocked by Kim's death
South Korea's financial market was rocked on Monday after Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) passed away.

Japan hopes Kim's death has no negative impact on Korean Peninsula security

Japan hopes DPRK leader Kim Jong Il's death has no negative impact on Korean Peninsula security, and strengthens preparations for contingencies, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told an emergency news conference on Monday after Kim's death was reported.Fujimura said Japan was aware of Kim's death through DPRK's TV broadcast and will keep an eye on next US-DPRK contact.

New Zealand PM expresses concern for DPRK's future 

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday he believed the death of the Democratic People' s Republic of Korea (DPRK) top leader Kim Jong Il will spark some concerns about what that means for the country's future.Kim Jong Il has died at the age of 69 "from a great mental and physical strain," the official KCNA news agency reported on Monday.


 

Kim Jong-il's life in photos
Kim Jong-il's life in photos
A photograph of former North Korean founder Kim Il-Sung hugging his son Kim Jong-il, which was taken in April 1946. Photo: ifeng.com
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Kim Jong-il's life in photos
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (R) and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright look at each other as they meet at the Pae Kha Hawon Guest House in Pyongyang in this October 23, 2000. Photo: ifeng.com
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Kim Jong-il's life in photos
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (R) and South Korea's former President Roh Moo-hyun pose after they exchanged the joint statement in Pyongyang , the capital of North Korea, in this October 4, 2007. Photo: ifeng.com
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Kim Jong-il dies on December 15, 2011. Photo: ifeng.com
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Kim Jong-il and his father Kim Il-Sung in 1992. Photo: ifeng.com
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Kim Jong-il wave his hands during the military parade ceremony held to commemorate the founding of the Korean Workers Party at Kim Jong-il square in Pyongyang, North Korea on October 10, 2010. Photo: ifeng.com
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Editorial


China must ensure smooth NK transition

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death is a crucial issue for Northeast Asia. No matter how the transition of power will be realized within North Korea, some countries will take it as an opportunity to change the strategic pattern of the region. Both the stability of North Korea and the region will be tested.

Comments from Internet Users

Walking Mango: "The country's renowned TV hostess disappeared for about 50 days. I boldly guess that she was away preparing for the broadcast of Kim's death."

Shengshisixiang:" It would be a blessing for the North Korean people if the transition goes smoothly. If Kim Jong-un knows how to choose advisors who aim to serve the people, the blessing will be even bigger. Don't abuse the people by stripping them of democracy and imposing authoritarian rule. Human history has proven that Western-style democracy is not necessarily the best. Rather, the proven method is to employ the right people to do the right thing, which will bring a blessing to ordinary people."

Yang Jinlin (Phoenix host):" It was just a matter of time! We need to pay more attention to the ever-changing development of north-east Asia's political situation."

Lu Ge (Special researcher at the China Institute of International Study): "China should stay calm and simply observe the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and react composedly while maintaining stability. I think this is the best policy at the moment."


Source: weibo.com

Backgrounder
Kim Jong Il was born on Feb. 16, 1942.
Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Il was named general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at a crucial conference on Tuesday.
Life History
In 1960, he began to study at the politics and economics department of Kim Il Sung University and graduated four years later.

In 1964, Kim Jong Il started working for the Central Committee of the WPK.
In 1973, he was elected secretary of the committee and in February the next year, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee.

In 1980, Kim Jong Il has been member of the Presidium of the Politburo and secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK and member of the Central Military Commission.

From 1982 to 1998, Kim was elected deputy to every Supreme People's Assembly.

From 1992 to April 1993, he was successively Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, First Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the National Defense Commission.

On Oct. 8, 1997, Kim Jong Il was elected General Secretary of the WPK.

In 1975 and 1982, Kim Jong Il was given the honorary title "Hero of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea."

In April 1992, he was given the title of Marshal of the DPRK. He has also received the Kim Il Sung Order three times and many other awards and honors.

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