Kim Jong-Il, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, died of a heart attack on December 17 at the age of 69, AFP quoted the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
He passed away at 8:30 am Pyongyang time.
|(AFP file) This picture released by the Korean Central News Agency on September 10, 2011 shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-Il (R) waving at a military parade to celebrate the 63rd founding anniversary of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Pyongyang on September 9, 2011.|
KCNA also called on the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to support the late leader’s youngest son, General Kim Jong-Un, to become the new leader.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that its Government was shocked with the news and summoned an emergency meeting.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is undertaking a period of national mourning from December 17 to 29, according to AFP.