Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ Dead at 70: Photos

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Kim Jong Il, North Korea's leader, seen here after a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Sosnovy Bor Military Garrison, Zaigrayevsky District, Buryatia outside Ulan-Ude, Russia, on Aug. 24, 2011.

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Kim Jong Il, North Korea's leader, seen here after a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Sosnovy Bor Military Garrison, Zaigrayevsky District, Buryatia outside Ulan-Ude, Russia, on Aug. 24, 2011. Close

Kim Jong Il, North Korea's leader, seen here after a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Sosnovy Bor... Read More

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A newspaper reporting the death of Kim Jong Il is distributed in Tokyo, Japan. Close

A newspaper reporting the death of Kim Jong Il is distributed in Tokyo, Japan.

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Kim Jong Il, then member of the Central Committee, talks with farmers on May 21, 1971. Close

Kim Jong Il, then member of the Central Committee, talks with farmers on May 21, 1971.

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Kim Jong Il, North Korea's leader, right, with his father Kim Il-Sung, seen here in October 1980. Close

Kim Jong Il, North Korea's leader, right, with his father Kim Il-Sung, seen here in October 1980.

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Kim Jong-Il works in his office in this undated file photo. Close

Kim Jong-Il works in his office in this undated file photo.

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Kim Jong Il meets with Korean People's Army personnel in September 1988. Close

Kim Jong Il meets with Korean People's Army personnel in September 1988.

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Kim Jong Il, left, toasts Madeleine Albright, then U.S. secretary of state, at a dinner in Pyongyang on Oct. 24, 2000. Close

Kim Jong Il, left, toasts Madeleine Albright, then U.S. secretary of state, at a dinner in Pyongyang on Oct. 24, 2000.

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Kim Jong Il shakes hangs with Jiang Zemin, then Chinese president, in Beijing on June 1, 2000. Close

Kim Jong Il shakes hangs with Jiang Zemin, then Chinese president, in Beijing on June 1, 2000.

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Roh Moo Hyun, left, then president of South Korea, and Kim Jong Il pose for a photograph after signing a declaration that includes an eight-point agreement on future cooperation following a summit in Pyongyang on Oct. 4, 2007. Close

Roh Moo Hyun, left, then president of South Korea, and Kim Jong Il pose for a photograph after signing a declaration... Read More

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Kim Jong Il, left, looks towards his son Kim Jong Un during a military parade commemorating the 65th anniversary of founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Close

Kim Jong Il, left, looks towards his son Kim Jong Un during a military parade commemorating the 65th anniversary of... Read More

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Kim Jong Un, second from left, the third son of Kim Jong Il and heir-apparent, claps after inspecting the construction site of the Huichon Power Station in Chagang Province, North Korea, on Nov. 4, 2010. Close

Kim Jong Un, second from left, the third son of Kim Jong Il and heir-apparent, claps after inspecting the... Read More

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A portrait of Kim Il Sung, founder of North Korea, left, and his son Kim Jong Il hangs at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on Oct. 11, 2010. Close

A portrait of Kim Il Sung, founder of North Korea, left, and his son Kim Jong Il hangs at Sunan International Airport... Read More

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Kim Jong Il reviews a massive military parade celebrating the 55th anniversary of the country in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung square on Sept. 9, 2003. Close

Kim Jong Il reviews a massive military parade celebrating the 55th anniversary of the country in Pyongyang's Kim Il... Read More

Kim Jong Il, the second-generation North Korean dictator who defied global condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved, has died, state media reported. A government statement called on North Koreans to “loyally follow” his son, Kim Jong Un. click {1<GO> } to see photos of Kim Jong Il or {EXT2<GO>}.

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