PYONGYANG — Within hours of the death of North Korean leader Kim
Jong-il, state television was broadcasting scenes of mass hysteria and
mourning in the capital city.
The military was put on alert in South Korea and all government
officials were told to cancel any travel plans, according to the South
Korean news agency Yonhap.
The news agency also reported the North Koreans had fired a short-range missile into the sea off the east coast.
Kim’s death was reported by a weeping announcer dressed in black on
state television Monday (Sunday night, Toronto time), according to a
still photograph released by Yonhap. He was 69.