North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies, KCNA News Agency Says: Full Text

The following is a reformatted version of an e-mailed statement released today by the official Korean Central News Agency announcing the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.

“Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, passed away from a great mental and physical strain at 08:30 December 17, 2011, on train during a field guidance tour.

“The WPK Central Committee and Central Military Commission, DPRK National Defence Commission, Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly and Cabinet released a notice on Saturday informing the WPK members, servicepersons and all other people of his passing away.”

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