North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il Dies
By Dialogo December 19, 2011What's going to happen now? Will the world just watch in disbelief?? Thatâ€™s itâ€¦ those with nuclear powers can do as they pleaseâ€¦ This is a huge motivation for other people to pursue such technology and free themselves from colonialist ties.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack, state media reported on December 19, sparking concern over who is in real control of the nuclear renegade state as his untested youngest son takes over the family dynasty.
A tearful television announcer, dressed in black and her voice quavering, said the 69-year old iron ruler died on December 17 of “physical and mental over-work” on a train on his way to give field guidance – advice dispensed by the “Dear Leader” on his trips to factories, farms and military bases.
North Korea’s official KCNA news agency named Kim’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as the “Great Successor”, lauding him as “the outstanding leader of our party, army and people”.
Video from Chinese state television showed residents weeping in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. KCNA reported people were “writhing in pain” from the loss of the man who in 1994 assumed the leadership of the totalitarian state from his father Kim Il-sung, the North’s first, and officially eternal, president.
While his father had 20 years as official heir, Kim Jong-un only became successor in the period after Kim Jong-il suffered a stroke around August 2008.
He takes over a hermit state whose economy has been ravaged by decades of mismanagement under Kim Jong-il, who only briefly flirted with economic reform, preferring to stick with central planning and the brutal crushing of any opposition.