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Kim Jong Il

Leader Kim Jong Il watches an army firing drill at an undisclosed place in North Korea in an undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency. Kim died at 69, North Korean media reported Monday. (AFP / Getty Images)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, left, stands with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, during a meeting at a military garrison outside Ulan-Ude in remote eastern Siberia during a summit in August.

 (Associated Press)
Kim Jong Il and son Kim Jong Un, right, attend a military parade in Pyongyang on Oct. 10, 2010, marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party. (Associated Press)
Kim Jong Il, right, and Kim Yong Nam, president of the People’s Congress, at a military parade on April 25, 2002, in Pyongyang celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean People’s Army. (Katsumi Kasahara / Associated Press)
An undated photo of Kim Jong Il(European Pressphoto Agency)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il meets with Korean People’s Army personnel in September 1988. (Korean News Service)
Kim Jong Il, center, inspecting a Korean People’s Army unit at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Jan. 23, 2003. (KCNA)
Kim Jong Il, left, and his father, North Korean President Kim Il Sung take a stroll in Pyongyang in April 1981. When Kim Il Sung died in 1994, Kim Jong Il became the leader of North Korea. (Associated Press / Kyodo News)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, seen in an undated photo, died on Saturday at 69, reportedly of a heart attack while riding on a train, the North Korean Central News Agency reported Monday. (European Pressphoto Agency)

Kim Jong Il, seen this year, suffered from various ailments and reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008.

 (Dmitry Astakhov / Itar-Tass / Abaca Press / MCT)
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stands side by side with Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2000. (David Guttenfelder / Pool Photo)
President Clinton sits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and others during a surprise visit to Pyongyang in 2009. (Associated Press / Korean Central News Agency)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and Russian President Vladimir Putin share a warm embrace in Vladivostok in 2002. Kim’s death was reported Monday; he was 69. (Sergei Chirikov / AFP/Getty Images)