North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died aged 69 , state media said today .

He died following a heart attack . After hearing about Kim’s death South Korea put its armed forced on high alert and said the country was on a crisis footing . Japan convened a special security meeting .

Another neighbour China , North Korea’s closes ally and largest trading partner expressed shock at the news of his death .

Kim Jong-un is expected to be the likely successor of his father .

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