Kim Jong Il, North Korean leader, dead at 69

    North Korea will get a new leader, but it’s not yet clear who.

    It was announced today that leader Kim Jong Il died Saturday of heart failure on a train at age 69. He took over the country’s leadership in 1994, and during his reign dealt with an economic collapse and subsequent famine. North Korea want on to land a spot on America’s “Axis of Evil” list in 2006.

    Kim Jong Il wanted his son, Kim Jong Un, to be his successor.

     

    You can listen and read about more on Kim Jong Il’s life at NPR.org.

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