Kim Jong Il (1942-2011), Ex-leader of DPRK

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Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), passed away on Dec. 17 at the age of 69 "from a great mental and physical strain," the DPRK's KCNA news agency reported on Dec. 19.


Latest Headlines

DPRK bids farewell to Kim Jong Il

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Wednesday bid farewell to the nation's late leader Kim Jong Il, Xinhua reported... [Full story]


DPRK prepares for Kim's funeral Kim meets S. Korean mourners
DPRK to hold nationwide memorial service for Kim • Kim Jong Un hailed as great leader
UN observes one-minute silence to mourn Kim • China urges stability in wake of Kim's death
Chinese ambassador lays wreaths in front of Kim's bier Pyongyang mourns with deep grief in heavy snow
Chinese leaders offer condolences on Kim's death • Lee to meet with party leaders over Kim's death
Kim Jong Il's seven visits to China ROK allows private condolences on Kim's death
Iranian FM condoles demise of DPRK leader Chinese, Russian FMs discuss Korean Peninsula
Chinese, Japanese FMs exchange views on Korean Peninsula Kim Jong Un pays respects at bier of Kim Jong Il
• DPRK nationals in China mourn death of Kim Jong Il DPRK people fully support leadership of Kim Jong Un
China sends condolences over Kim's death DPRK calls for national unity after Kim's death
Asian stocks down over news of Kim Jiong Il's death DPRK leader Kim Jong Il dies





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World Reactions

China expresses 'deep condolences' on Kim's death

China on Monday offered its "deep condolences" on the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) ... [Full story]

'China, DPRK stand together in good or bad times'

China on Monday sent condolences to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the death of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il ... [Full story]

US in close touch with ROK, Japan over Kim's death

The White House said late Sunday that the U.S. is in close touch with South Korea and Japan over the death of Kim Jong Il and remains committed to stability on the Korean Peninsula ... [Full story]

Obama calls S. Korean president on Kim's death

U.S. President Barack Obama held a phone conversation with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak following the death of Kim Jong Il ... [Full story]

S. Korea on high alert following Kim's death

Immediately after the DPRK's KCNA news agency reported Kim's death, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak convened the National Security Council (NSC) to discuss follow-up measures with officials including the foreign minister and the defense chief ... [Full story]

Noda urges to keep in touch with US, China, ROK

Japan has already discussed Kim Jong Il's death with U.S., South Korea, and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda urged officials to keep in touch with U.S., China, South Korea over the issue ... [Full story]

Japan hopes Korean Peninsula security not to be affected

Japan hopes DPRK leader Kim Jong Il's death has no negative impact on Korean Peninsula security, and strengthens preparations for contingencies, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told an emergency news conference on Monday ... [Full story]

 World should remain calm over Kim's death

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said In Canberra on Monday world countries and leaders should maintain calm and restraint over the news of Kim Jong Il's death ... [Full story]

More countries:   Indonesia, New Zealand


Key facts about Kim Jong Il 


Feb. 16, 1942 

Kim Jong Il was born. 


Kim began to study at the politics and economics department of Kim Il Sung University and graduated four years later. 


Kim started working for the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). 


Kim was elected secretary of the committee and in February the next year, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee.

 Since Oct. 1980

Kim has been member of the Presidium of the Politburo and secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK and member of the Central Military Commission. 

1982 - 1998 

 Kim was elected deputy to every Supreme People's Assembly.

Dec. 1992 – Apr. 1993 

Kim was successively Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, First Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the National Defense Commission. 

Oct. 8, 1997 

 Kim was elected General Secretary of the WPK.



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