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Life and Death of Kim Jong Il: Slideshow

By History.com Staff
Kim Jong Il, the elusive and notorious leader who controlled North Korea for 17 years, died Saturday of a heart attack, the country’s state-run media announced Monday. Thought to have been either 69 or 70, the late dictator was known for his isolationist policies, nuclear ambitions and eccentric personality.


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Categories: Korea, Korean War