North Korea’s Kim Jong Il dead Succession by son uncertain; nuclear stability a concern ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Korea News Service/reuters/file Kim Jong Il’s death, after a long illness, ended 17 years of rule over North Korea, the isolated country that his father founded. KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images Workers looked through a special edition of a South Korean newspaper that reported Kim's death. Ahn Young-joon/associated press Passengers on a South Korean bus watched the news of Kim Jong Il's reported death. associated press/file Kim was believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008. He met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) in August. KNS/AFP/Getty Images Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994. KNS/AFP/Getty Images In September 2010, he unveiled his third son, Kim Jong Un (first from left), as his successor. AFP/Getty Images Kim Jong Il (second from right) was said to have been born in 1942 on Mount Paekdu, one of Korea’s most cherished sites. reuters/file Kim met with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in October 2000. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images Kim Jong Il shook hands with then-Russian President Vladimir Putin in August 2002. REUTERS/file South Korea's President Roh Moo Hyun posed with Kim after a meeting in the North Korean capital in 2007.