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Kim Jong-il (also written as Kim Jong Il) (born 16 February 1941, Vyatskoye, Soviet Union; official biographies state 16 February 1942, Baekdu Mountain, Japanese Korea) is the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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Jong is the Chairman of the National Defense Commission, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, and General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (the ruling party since 1948). He succeeded his father Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, who died in 1994, and commands the fifth largest standing army in the world. North Korea officially refers to him as the "Great Leader" or "Dear Leader".

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Kim Jong-il has died on December 17, 2011 at the age of 69. The official announcement came on December 19, 2011 by the state run television of North Korea. It was announced that Kim Jong-il died on a train while traveling to an area outside the capital. Kim Jong-il has suffered a stroke in 2008 and was not seen much in the public. The announcer on the television said that the North Korean leader has passed away because of physical and mental over-work.

The process of transferring power to his son Kim Jong-un is in process.

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A Labour-run council in North London has apologized for ordering staff to refer to its new head as "Dear Leader".

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Thirty North Korean officials who were involved in talks with South Korea were executed or died in 'staged traffic accidents,' a human rights organisation has claimed.

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North Korea has resumed construction work on a light water reactor in a move to support its nuclear programme, according to a United States institute.

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S. Korean opposition leader warns DPRK against nuclear test
The new interim leader of South Korea' s main opposition party on Monday warned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) against a nuclear test.

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a national meeting on Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army (KPA).

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Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has said the country would uphold the ideology of late leader Kim Jong Il in its drive to achieve new victories, the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Thursday.

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has vowed to continue placing military matters above the economy.

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North Korea may conduct its third nuclear weapon test to restore its honour, after the failed launch of an Uhna-3 rocket, analysts have claimed.

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North Korea on Sunday held a national memorial service on the 100th day since the death of leader Kim Jong-Il.

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A senior North Korean nuclear negotiator will attend a security conference at New York's Syracuse University.

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The United States has expressed guarded optimism over an agreement with North Korea on freezing the country's nuclear weapons program in return for desperately needed food aid.

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Taking a step forward to maintain regional security after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il death, Japan and China have agreed to work together to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

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EU team to visit N. Korea next month to assess food crisis
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