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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:10 PM
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North Korea's Kim Jong-Il has died
Source: Al Jazeera

Sorry, it is that short... JUST BREAKING.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com /
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cowcommander Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:14 PM
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1. If there is a hell, I hope that son of a bitch burns in it for all eternity
Good riddance.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:16 PM
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2. Wow! That is hugh news!!!
Thanks for posting! :wow: :hi:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:22 PM
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3. yup, the games are now affoot
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:23 PM
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4. I can't help thinking that this HAS to be change for the better...
But do wonder what's going to happen... :shrug:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:39 PM
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6. A palace struggle
and depending how that goes... whether things will be for the better or not.

Palace struggles can be nasty.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 10:09 PM
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11. I know, spent some time in Russia. Yikes!
I thought he'd chosen a son to succeed him? :shrug: As long as it isn't his brother, Mentally Il... :hide:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 10:36 PM
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12. He did, but the kid is in his twenties
Edited on Sun Dec-18-11 10:37 PM by nadinbrzezinski
and the military might try games

(Oh and he is not a kid, but compared to the generals)
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-11 03:33 AM
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13. You're certainly right...
No matter what the son's like, I sure wouldn't want to be in his shoes... x( :scared:

Kim Jong Uns taking complete control of the helm will not take place for a while due to his youth and inexperienced leadership, said Yang Moo Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. The North will likely be under the control of a governing body for about a year.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-19/kim-jong-il-no...
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:31 PM
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5. He was so much fun, too.
Edited on Sun Dec-18-11 09:56 PM by Gregorian
My photoshop edition HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
<a href="http://www.b3tards.com /" title="Image hosted on b3tards.com"><img src="" /></a>
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:50 PM
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8. Your pic link is broken, so I'll contribute
An oldie-but-goodie internet meme:
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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:41 PM
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7. Here's a bit more...
Edited on Sun Dec-18-11 09:44 PM by countryjake
North Korea state TV says Kim Jong il has died - 19 Dec 2011 03:10
Source: reuters // Reuters


SEOUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died on Saturday on a train trip, a tearful state television announcer, dressed in black, reported on Monday.

The announcer said that the 69-year old had died of physical and mental over-work on his way to give "field guidance".

He had suffered a stroke in 2008, but appeared to have recovered.

The reclusive state had begun the process of transferring power to his son Kim Jong-un, believed to be in his late 20s.
(Created by David Chance; Editing by Jack Kim)


http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/north-korea-state-tv...
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 10:01 PM
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10. The boy is probably as wacko as his daddy. n/t
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pettypace Donating Member (695 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 09:51 PM
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9. One less nicka
What a crarzy year.
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-11 04:41 AM
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14. CNN International: South Korea Goes On High Alert
Seoul put South Korean forces on high alert and Pyongyang urged an increase in its "military capability" as the death of North Korea's enigmatic leader Kim Jong Il spurred fresh security concerns in the tense region. <snip>

Kim's body will remain for a week at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang -- where the body of his father Kim Il Song lies. Memorial services will follow on December 28 and 29. <snip>

For its part, South Korea's National Police Agency ordered officers across the country to be ready for overtime shifts. President Lee Myung-bak canceled the rest of his Monday schedule, and all members of South Korea's military were placed on "emergency alert," his office said.

Under the alert -- which is short of the highest possible level -- South Korean forces will monitor North Korean troop movements closely and tighten security measures at sea, according to the ministry of defense.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/19/world/asia/north-kore...

Props to nadinbrzezinski for the OP!
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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 01:24 AM
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17. Joint Chiefs head: U.S. vigilant, is seeing no unexpected moves by North Koreans
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/19/world/asia/us-north-k...

"Washington (CNN) -- The United States has seen no unexpected moves by the North Korean military since the announcement of Kim Jong Il's death, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.

Gen. Martin Dempsey said the United States is remaining "vigilant" in the wake of the death of the North Korean leader.

In the first extended on the record comments from a senior U.S. official, Dempsey told a small group of reporters he was awakened overnight to receive the news and immediately joined in an inter-agency phone call of high levels officials to discuss the situation.

Dempsey said the call centered on identifying the key military and intelligence indicators that the U.S. would need to watch for any early warning of instability in the regime. Though Kim died on Saturday, U.S. officials only learned of his death from North Korean television on Sunday night."



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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-11 04:44 AM
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15. Unless his son is crazier, this is great news!
:bounce:

PB
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-11 04:44 AM
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16. CNN International: Markets fall on news of Kim Jong Il's death
Shares in Asia slumped on Monday on fears the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il could lead to instability on the divided Korean peninsular. (sic)

South Korea's Kospi Index fell 4.9% to 1,750.60 in mid-morning trading in Seoul before climbing slightly to 1,766,82 to be 4% off by midday.

Key stocks tumbled, with Samsung Electronics, the largest stock on the Kospi, falling 3.5% and LG Display, the world's second largest panel maker, down 7.2% in early trading.

Already battered by fears that possible credit downgrades in European countries could derail a solution to the euro zone debt crisis, Asian markets fell across the board.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/19/business/north-korea-...

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