Kim Jong-il, the leader of North Korea is dead at age 69. North Korean media reports that he died on December 17 while traveling on a train.
Kim Jong-un, his third oldest son is supposed to replace him as the new head of state.
Jong-un, in his late twenties, is reported to have gone to school in Switzerland while living there under a pseudonym. He is reported to be a diabetic and suffer from hypertension. His father made him a general in 2010.
In response to the news of Jong-il’s death, South Korea has put its military on high alert.
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