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BREAKING: North Korean Dictator, Kim Jong-il, Dead At 69

BREAKING: North Korean Dictator, Kim Jong-il, Dead At 69

Kim Jong-il, the leader of North Korea has died according to state-run Yonhap News. Kim was 69 years old and inherited power from his father and the founder of North Korea, Kim Il Sung, in 1994. Describing the man who was called “Dear Leader” as the “dictator who defied global condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved,” Bloomberg News notes that his death portends a “dangerous period for the Korean peninsula.”

A recluse who chain-smoked and reputedly had a taste for “cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine,” Kim suffered a stroke in 2008 and was also said to have diabetes and heart disease. Video of him on recent trips to China, Russia and other places around the world show him to be “relatively vigorous.” His third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong Un, was named as his successor in 2010.

Kim has long resisted opening up North Korea to the rest of the world. In 2009, Kim — in a characteristically belligerent move — defied United Nations sanctions about testing a nuclear device and ballistic missile that was “technically capable of striking Alaska.” North Korea was blamed for the 2010 sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan in which 46 sailors died and, two months later, for shelling a South Korean island, with two soldiers and two civilians dying in the blaze. The latter attack occurred after a US scientist had said that North Korean had instituted “‘stunning’ advances to its uranium- enrichment program.”

These reports of North Korea strengthening its weapons program and threatening South Korea led to the US suspending food aid in 2008, says the Telegraph. This past summer, the European Commission warned that some 500,000 people face possible starvation; children are already suffering from malnutrition. Aid agencies report that government rations have been cut to barely one-tenth of what is needed, to 200 grams a day. The North Korean government itself has been unwilling to spend its declining currency reserves to feed its 24 million people.

 

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5:32AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

all u people who cried wen he past r u all lost ur mind he did nothing for ur country an u cry becu'z he passed away wake up an smell coffee he was no good too ur part of Korea an u let that all go becu'z he pass u guys need a real life he was nothing but a dictator i wish he pas long time ago he was useless an now u just might hve some peace or not well i said my piece like it not it is the damn frckin truth

10:41AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

That's great news, but will things get any better now for North Korea???

9:59PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Good riddance to a truly self absorbed evil dictator, who Rick Perry called Kim Jong the 2nd!! HA HA!!

4:49PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

So, I just got use to saying Kim Jong Ill,
I now have to get use to saying Kim Jong Dead.

So, if Geo Bush died, would he become Geo Bushwacked. Just thinking

.What a crazy world, Kim Baby a tribute to you.

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or villify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, I see genius. Because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ~Jack Kerouac

12:58PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

I do not understand why we stopped the food shipments. All that does is hurt innocent children. These sociopathic dictators could care less about the welfare of their people. They keep just enough people well fed to support them and keep them in power.

Of course, the only country that can really have any influence over their policies is China. That is why we never try to do anything there even though their crazy dictator was far more of threat then Saddem Hassain ever was. The other reason, we basically ignore North Korea and its nuclear arsenal - no oil we can profit from.

9:03PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

hmmmm...thanks for the story.

6:13PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

One filthy tyrant down, loads more to follow!
Signed petition.

9:40AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

It's one of those wait and see moments in NK and around the world.

3:59AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Don't look now, but taht so-called 'son' of his appears to be absolutely 3rd generation evil.

3:58AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Not really, he will never completely die so long as even one "Sesame St" puppet goes on camera.

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