Sometime within the last 3 days North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il died. The North Korean government claims that he died today, but it was reported by the state television that he died a few days ago.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is dead, North Korean state TV said Monday.
Kim, 69, died Saturday, state TV said.
South Korean news agency Yonhap — which based its reporting on its monitoring off North Korean state television — said that Kim had died of “physical fatigue” during a train ride. North Korean TV did not provide a more specific cause of death.
The son of Kim Il-song, the founder of the communist nation, Kim Jong-il had been in power since 1994 when his father died of a heart attack at age 82.
The enigmatic leader was a frequent thorn in the side of neighboring South Korea, as well as the United States. There have been reports in recent years about his health, as well as that power will be transitioned to his son, Kim Jong-un.
North Korean news reports earlier this fall indicated that Kim Jong Il had been traveling around the country and visiting China, a big change from 2009 when he was thought to be ill with cancer.
Two senior U.S. military officials said then that they believed the pace of North Korea’s planned regime change from Kim to his 20-something son appeared to have slowed.
The son, also known as Kim, started his career as a four-star general and in recent years was given more official duties by his father.
It is becoming very clear that Kim Jung-un is a very young man with no actual experience in running anything bigger than is mouth. Although he has been groomed for the leadership, there is no sure guarantee for Jung-un that he will be the next “Beloved Leader”. In fact, unless he has the military backing his ascent, he will be taking a large fall from power. Kim Jung-un is the youngest of 3 sons. He might have to fend off an assault from the oldest son (who had been groomed for the leadership for many years before Jung-un was chosen.) Kim Jung-nam. And then there is middle son, Kim Jong-chul who might just make a play for power too.
North Korea is a nuclear power and this will be a very turbulent time. Let us pray that none of the 3 sons of Kim Jong-il don’t try to prove their power by using one of their nuclear weapon.