Kim Jong Il


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see under Kim Il SungKim Il Sung
, 1912–94, North Korean political leader, chief of state of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (1948–94); originally named Kim Sung Chu. While fighting Japanese occupation forces in the 1930s, he adopted the name Kim Il Sung after a famous Korean
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Kim Jong Il

born 1942, Korean politician; ruler of North Korea from 1994, official head of state from 1998: son of Kim Il Sung
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Seoul officials have said Pyongyang also banned the use of the names of Kim Jong Il and the country's founder, Kim Il Sung.
Many people in Pyongyang also visited Mansu Hill and laid flowers before the bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the current leader's predecessor and father who died in December 2011.
At the outset of the service at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, Kim Jong Un and other participants bowed their heads to a large portrait of a smiling Kim Jong Il set up on the stage and offered a moment of silence.
Kim Jong Un assumed control of North Korea after his father, Kim Jong Il died in late December 2011.
What was supposed to have been a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong Il on April 15, and of the regime's new beginning under his successor, his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, ended up instead being a funereal salute.
A moment of silence during a service for late leader Kim Jong Il North Korea''s next leader Kim Jong Un, 2nd left, and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, centre, attend a memorial service for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il yesterday
Kim Jong Il, the son of North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung, ruled the country for nearly two decades, since 1994.
Kim Jong Il was a cruel caricature of a dictator, but he was skilled at exploiting his country's few advantages.
Kim Jong Il, 68, has reportedly been struggling with a limp since he suffered a stroke in 2008 and Kim Jong Un, the youngest of his three sons, has been tipped to replace him in Pyongyang.
It's a daily ritual at West Hills Presbyterian Church, one of thousands of Korean-American churches across the country that have taken up the cause of North Koreans suffering under the regime of Kim Jong Il.
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Since then, North Korea has had only two leaders, Kim Il Sung, who died in 1994, and his son, Kim Jong Il, the current leader.