North Korean leader Kim Jong-il 311 r.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died on a train trip, state
television reported on Monday, sparking immediate concern over who is in
control of the reclusive state and its nuclear program.
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Kim Jong-il suffered a massive heart attack on a train on
Saturday, the North's KCNA news agency said in a separate dispatch about
An autopsy conducted on Sunday confirmed the cause of death, it said.
leader's youngest son, Kim Jong-un, was at the head of a long list of
officials making up the funeral committee, indicating he will lead it.
Kim Jong-un is seen as the leader-in-waiting after he was appointed to senior political and military posts in 2010.
Korea's military has been put on emergency alert following the report
of Kim Jong-il's death, Yonhap news agency said on Monday.
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South Korea's presidential Blue House has called an emergency National Security Council meeting, Yonhap said.
Japan has spoken with the United States and South Korea about the
situation in North Korea following the news a
foreign ministry official told reporters.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba has been told to hold talks with
relevant countries so that he can respond to any situation concerning
North Korea, the official added.
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