North Korea state TV says Kim Jong-il has died

By REUTERS
December 19, 2011 05:36

 
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SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died on Saturday on a train trip, a tearful state television announcer, dressed in black, reported on Monday.

The announcer said that the 69-year old had died of physical and mental over-work on his way to give "field guidance".

He had suffered a stroke in 2008, but appeared to have recovered.

The reclusive state had begun the process of transferring power to his son Kim Jong-un, believed to be in his late 20s.

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