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A Constructive Approach
Kim Jong Il has led North Korea for 17 years. He was highly esteemed and beloved in his country, due to his tireless efforts to work for the interests of North Korea, to his deep concern for the people, and his firm character to face up to hardships
Steady as Kim Goes
After the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of North Korea, world leaders were busy calling each other to discuss the ramifications. At this critical juncture, everyone is pondering the future of North Korea. Some are curious about how North Korea's leadership transition will influence the regional situation
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Key Facts About Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong Il was born on February 16, 1942. In 1960, he began to study at the Politics and Economics Department of Kim Il Sung University and graduated four years later.

He started working for the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in 1964. On October 8, 1997, he was elected general secretary of the WPK Central Committee.

In April 1992, he was given the title of Marshal of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

He died on December 17, 2011.

(Source: Xinhua News Agency)

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