Monday, December 19, 2011
North Koreans today took to the streets in a mass display of mourning following the death of the country’s dictator Kim Jong Il.
The 69-year-old died of a heart attack while on a train on Saturday due to a ‘great mental and physical strain’ during a ‘high intensity field inspection.’
The news has prompted South Korea and Japan to put their militaries on ‘high alert’ – with the U.S. saying it could postpone decisions on re-engaging North Korea in nuclear talks and providing it with food aid.
Observers also fear a behind-the-scenes power struggle, or nuclear instability, between the country’s military and politicians – despite the announcement his third son Kim Jong Un, 28, is to be his successor.