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

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il
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. Photographer: Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- 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>}.

To contact the editor responsible for this slideshow: Elaine To Tel eto11@bloomberg.net

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