It was announced by North Korea's primary news outlet today that Kim Jong-il, long serving
supreme leader of North Korea died of a sudden stroke. Intelligence reports have suggested
for years that the eccentric and reclusive dictator's health has been in a state of decline. His
son and appointed replacement, Kim Jong-un, immediately issued a press statement praising
the reign of his father and committing his government to a new era of peace and openness.
The statement included an abandonment of North Korea's nuclear aspirations.
The passing of Kim Jong-il was met with cautious optimism in Seoul, the capital of South
Korea. The countries have technically been at war for more than 60 years and many in
the region look forward to the day when the two countries are reunited.