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North Korean Leadership Through the Years

The secretive leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, is dead at the age of 69. The official report says the North Korean leader had a heart attack while on a train during what it called a 'field inspection.'

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il at a military parade to celebrate the 63rd founding anniversary of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Pyongyang, September 9, 2011. (AFP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il at a military parade to celebrate the 63rd founding anniversary of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Pyongyang, September 9, 2011. (AFP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (C) smiles while visiting a shopping center in Vladivostok, August 23, 2002. (AFP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (C) smiles while visiting a shopping center in Vladivostok, August 23, 2002. (AFP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-II (C) on the tarmac at Pyongyang Airport following a visit by then Chinese President Yang Shangkun, April 17, 1992. (AFP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-II (C) on the tarmac at Pyongyang Airport following a visit by then Chinese President Yang Shangkun, April 17, 1992. (AFP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (C), accompanied by his son Kim Jong Un (R), inspecting Korean People's Army Air Force Unit 1016 honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led Seventh Regiment at undisclosed place in North Korea, undated handout picture. (AFP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (C), accompanied by his son Kim Jong Un (R), inspecting Korean People's Army Air Force Unit 1016 honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led Seventh Regiment at undisclosed place in North Korea, undated handout picture. (AFP)

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