SF learns: Kim Jong-Il died, unstable times ahead (photos, video)
Top news coming in to San Francisco is that Kim Jong-il, the leader of North Korea has died.
He was 69 years old and was known as North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic leader.
San Francisco resident, James Lucas, says, “It will be interesting to see what the future brings now in North Korea.”
State television, according to newser.com said that the “Dear Leader” of North Korea had passed away from a heart attack. Kim Jong II’s death was announced by a tearful reporter wearing black.
The announcer, according to newser.com, said Kim Jong-Il had died from both physical and mental over-work. He had been on a train trip heading to a location outside Pyongyang, reported Reuters. Another report said he had died from heart failure.
Kim Jong II was not a popular man in the West but by all accounts he was almost superhuman, according to state-run media. He had inherited his father’s position after he died in 1994
Kim Jong II’s son is thought to be his successor although he is only in his 20s.
After the death of Kim Jong II was announced, Asian stocks fell and South Korea put its military forces on alert.
The BBC says that “very unstable times” could occur in the future with the transition to power in North Korea – a nation that is politically isolated. North and South Korea have been in dispute for some time.
North Korea has never been happy with the border that was drawn up after the Korean War 60 years ago. They have always refused to accept it.
This brought about war drills, at one point, in South Korea. (See that article here: War drills begin in South Korea today)
China spoke up about the two countries fighting, not long ago. (See that article here: China now speaks up about Korea)
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See photos and video on the left-hand side for more on this story. The photos are of wartimes between the two countries, North and South Korea. The video show people breaking down hysterically on hearing the news.
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