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North Korea’s Kim Jong Il dead

Succession by son uncertain; nuclear stability a concern

WASHINGTON - Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader who realized his family’s dream of turning his starving country into a minor nuclear-weapons power even as it sank further into despotism, has died at what is reported to be the age of 69, according to the country’s state-run news media.

His death, after a long illness, ended 17 years of rule over the isolated, paranoid country that his father founded, and that Kim made clear he wanted to pass on to his son, Kim Jong Un.

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