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.

     

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