Report Says North Korea Fires Missile After Leader's Death

South Korea's Yonhap news agency says North Korea has conducted a short-range missile test on the day the country announced the death of leader Kim Jong Il.

South Korean military officials said Monday they couldn't immediately confirm the report. Yonhap cited unidentified government officials as saying the missile test occurred off the east coast.

North Korea is urging its people to rally behind Kim Jong Il's young son and heir-apparent Kim Jong Un. The world is watching warily for signs of instability in a nation pursuing nuclear weapons.

South Korea has put its military on high alert against the North's 1.2 million-strong armed forces. President Barack Obama agreed by phone with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to closely monitor developments.

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North Korea is calling Kim Jong Il's son a "great successor" to the country's guiding principle of self reliance, as the country rallies around heir-apparent Kim Jong Un as the next leader.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency says the country "must faithfully revere respectable comrade Kim Jong Un."

North Korea on Monday urged its 24 million people to rally behind Kim Jong Un as it mourns the death of supreme leader Kim Jong Il.

The North's neighbors, meanwhile, are mindful of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs and 1.2 million-strong armed forces. South Korea has put its military on high alert.

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Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69.

Kim's death was announced Monday by the state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media. The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

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  • by 40some on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    Their missle technology is much more effective than it used to be. I hear the chinese have started exporting viagra to them to use as rocket fuel.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    Kim Jong Il did not die of natural causes. His son could not wait to be dictator so he stuck his father in a rocket and launched him.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    Why don't we take care of our own 'back-yard' instead of getting in their business? If they shoot them this way ......... well......... FRY THEM... they have a leader and if the public does not like what is happening..... let them take care of it
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      by ? on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:04 PM in reply to Shine
      I don't think we'll have to worry about that, all of their missiles have shoddy craftsmanship; go about two hundred feet then promptly fall apart. As for the people, they are all brainwashed to do anything their leader says, in fact it’s illegal to get news from anywhere but their government appointed news organization, so that’s zero chance of the populace overthrowing their leadership.
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        by obamanot on Dec 19, 2011 at 02:30 PM in reply to ?
        Sounds like the late great USA dont it?2 drones and a stealth helicopter all in around 6 months.We got libterdial media that brain wash the weak minded that cant see or think for themselfs and praise the annointed one no matter how much dept he puts this country in.What's up with this?
  • by Hans Blix!? on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    Arrec Ballrin???
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      by ? on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM in reply to Hans Blix!?
      Funny but racist.
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      by BLAH on Dec 19, 2011 at 05:09 PM in reply to Hans Blix!?
      Rachelle and Rebok obrama
  • by Kevin Location: Washington on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    Now, Mr. Kim Jong is felling much HEAT for ever and ever. He is with the others who don't believe.
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      by 44mag. on Dec 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM in reply to Kevin
      I believe he's helping build the burn pile for george w bush!!!Which by the way(there is an accounting for all of the people "GWB" murdered(as president)!!!
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        by Nonsense on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM in reply to 44mag.
        If you want to say Bush "murdered" anyone, you will have an awful long list of those to add to that pile. Remember that congressman and senators voted for the wars. Unlike Obama, Bush followed procedure and got approval before putting our brave men and women in harms way. What an ignorant comment yours is, no surprise there, you probably watch Soros news too and believe it like it was gospel!!
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        by ? on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM in reply to 44mag.
        You apparently do not comprehend the word murder if you think Bush 'murdered' anyone. If Bush is a murderer then so are the rest of us, all of us called for blood that day, including you.
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        by Tarzan on Dec 19, 2011 at 05:24 PM in reply to 44mag.
        Wow you sound more like a B B Gun than a 44 mag.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    Name calling is what they do since they do not have enough knowledge to post something factual or meaningfull. I am more concerned about the next leader to take over. Its not that cut a dry easy. Keeping in mind, the first official act will be to pull some stunt on South Korea, where our soldiers are stationed. It is also well known they have nukes. Well, the OWS will miss "ils" contribution to the protest there...yep, he donates to the cause, is all over the net....
  • by 44mag. on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    The evil enity(united states war machine)with help from its news media,looks to start another hype for war!!!To be continued!!!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to 44mag.
      the evil country, N.Korea, is shooting for another war, since the last Korean war ended. The USA isn't starting this one, but we will end it.
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        by 44mag. on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to
        Please enlighten all the readers(where will the war money come from?)We are trillions in DEBT.(busted,broke)as a nation!!!president OBUMMER Cant afford a rock to throw and he better leave CHINA alone!!!
  • by wierd people on Dec 19, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    wow, 7:47 this morning I log on, see this story, and then read these comments. The story is about an idiotic nutjob had died, how did you get to obuma? Leave OSOC alone, at least he can think, unlike you bozos who depend on Cable Not News and MiStake No Solid Comments to tell you how to think.
  • by Kane on Dec 19, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    Nothing more than hyper-macho posturing from the North Koreans. They are trying to tell everybody that despite losing their leader, they still will defend themselves.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to Kane
      That's not defense, that's showing that they want to take over the world.Please tell me you aren't defending them and thier poor policies and attutude towards the world.
  • by anon Location: enc on Dec 19, 2011 at 02:56 AM
    well that makes the 4th "sword rattler" gone here in the last year or so; how about those gas prices??
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      by Goober on Dec 19, 2011 at 04:59 AM in reply to anon
      You know that any sword rattelin' is just cause for the price of gas to go up
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