North Korea's longtime leader Kim Jong Il, the embodiment of the reclusive state where his cult of personality is deeply entrenched, has died, state TV reported.
He was believed to be 69.
Regarded as one of the world's most-repressive leaders, Kim Jong Il always cut a slightly bizarre figure. His diminutive stature and characteristically bouffant hair have been parodied by some in the West.
Msg#: 4399250 posted 7:53 pm on Dec 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
I thought it was really touching how the people mourned his passing. "Cry or you go to the gulag"?
Now he will be replaced by his 28 year old son who looks as though he is badly in need of nutritional advice and the services of a good hairdresser. I am reassured that he grins perpetually... just the sort of solid chap you need with his finger poised above the nuclear button.