- North Korean news announces Kim Jong-il's death:
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.
- There is an outpouring of grief in North Korea, as citizens weep openly.
- WHAT NOW: Is Kim Jong-un ready to lead North Korea?
SEOUL — Young and inexperienced, Kim Jong-un is seen as poised to take over North Korea with the death of his father and extend the Kim dynasty’s rule over the reclusive state for a third generatio
Not much is known about the younger Kim, not even his age, though his father, Kim Jong-Il, and his autocratic regime had begun making preparations for the son’s transition to power.
Thought to be aged around 27, Kim Jong-un had already been made a four-star general and occupied a prominent political post when he was reported to have made an important diplomatic visit to neighbouring China in May this year.
- A LOOK BACK: Kim Jong-il's many appearances and celebrations around the world.
- Visit to China, 1983
- A later visit to China
- Visit to Russia, 2002
- Military parade, 2010
- Kim Jong-il's birthday, 2011