**Posted by Phineas
Because he will have plenty of company in Hell:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack while on a train trip, state media reported Monday, sparking immediate concern over who is in control of the reclusive state and its nuclear program.
A tearful television announcer dressed in black said the 69-year old had died Saturday 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. North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said he died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (6:30 p.m. EST on Friday) after “an advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock.”
South Korea, still technically at war with the North, placed its troops and all government workers on emergency alert, Yonhap news agency reported. But Seoul’s Defense Ministry said there were no signs of any unusual North Korean troop movements.
Probably because the sub-chieftains of that bandit state, the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation, were busy plotting against each other.
This could get very interesting –in the “everything goes south” sense– very fast. Kim’s designated successor is on of his sons, a man in his 20s, and one has to wonder if he has the authority and skill need to run the world’s only Stalinist monarchy, or will his courtiers sideline or even eliminate him for one reason or another? Or would the people finally rise against their oppressors?
North Korea is such a closed, paranoid system that there is no real way to tell what is going on in Pyongyang right now.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)