North Koreas leader Kim Jong Il has died. As a result the South Korean military has declared an emergency. With his death it is unknown what direction North Korea will take. Kim Jong Il according to North Korean State media died of fatigue on a train ride on Saturday and it is Monday now in North Korea. The cause of death is reportedly a heart attack. His funeral according to the North Korean News agency has been scheduled for December 28th.
Jong Un attended the International School of English in Bern, Switzerland.
However, there are reports that if leadership passes to one of the sons, Kim Jong Il’s brother-in-law, Chang Sung-taek, could attempt to take power from him.
The next few weeks and months will be very volatile in North Korea. It affects the United States, South Korea and for obvious reasons China. US intelligence has very little information on North Korea and it is difficulty to tell what the direction of North Korea will be.
The United States has 35,000 troops in South Korea.
Kim Jong Il, the second-generation North Korean dictator who defied global condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved, has died, Yonhap News reported. He was 70.
The news came in a radio broadcast at noon local time, Yonhap reported, citing North Korea’s official media. Kim probably had a stroke in August 2008 and may have also contracted pancreatic cancer, according to South Korean news reports.
The son of Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s founder, Kim was a chain-smoking recluse who ruled for 17 years after coming to power in July 1994 and resisted opening up to the outside world in order to protect his regime. The potential succession of his little-known third son, Kim Jong Un, threatens to trigger a dangerous period for the Korean peninsula, where 1.7 million troops from the two Koreas and the U.S. square off every day. Bloomberg
The White House issued a statement tonight that said that the President had been notified and that the U.S. is in close touch with its allies in South Korea and Japan. It continued that the U.S. is committed to stability on the Korean peninsula and to the freedom and security of its allies.