Vaclav Havel is a great man. kim jong il wa a petty tyrant. Havel will be missed. kim will not be missed. It is sad that the poor people of North Korea will be subjected to another memebr of this family from hell. I pray for their liberation anmd the liberation of all people from communism.
SEOUL, Dec 19 – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, revered at home by a propaganda machine that turned him into a demi-god and vilified in the West as a temperamental tyrant with a nuclear arsenal, has died, North Korean state television reported on Monday.
Kim, who was 69 years old, died on Saturday, it said.
With the death of his father, young and inexperienced Kim Jong-un is seen as poised to take over North Korea and extend the Kim dynasty’s rule over the reclusive state for a third generation.
Not much is known about the younger Kim, not even his age, though his father, Kim Jong-il, and his autocratic regime had begun making preparations for the son’s transition to power.
Experts say the young Kim is likely to follow the same militaristic path, maintaining a strong grip over one of the world’s largest armies and pressing on with a nuclear weapons programme in the face of international outrage
Kim Jong-il was the unchallenged head of the reclusive state whose economy fell deeper into poverty during his years in power as he vexed the world by developing a nuclear arms programme and an arsenal of missiles aimed to hit neighbours Japan and South Korea.
Kim had been portrayed as a criminal mastermind behind deadly bombings, a jovial dinner host, a comic buffoon in Hollywood movies and by the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush as the ruler of “an outpost of tyranny”.