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A Ruler Who Turned North Korea Into a Nuclear State

On The Radar

Called the “Dear Leader” by his people, Kim Jong-il, the son of North Korea’s founder, presided with an iron hand over a country he kept on the edge of starvation and collapse, fostering perhaps the last persona

Kim Jong-il, North Korean Dictator, Dies

On The Radar

Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader who realized his family’s dream of turning his starving, isolated country into a nuclear-weapons power even as it sank further into despotism, died on Saturday of a heart attack while traveling on his train, according to an announcement Monday by the country’s state-run media. Word of Kim’s death sent shock waves through North Korea’s Asia neighbors and reverberated around the world, reflecting the unpredictable outcome of an abrupt leadership change in one of the most opaque and repressive countries.

November 26, 2010

Weekly Show

There’s a full plate for Washington after the Thanksgiving break with challenges at home & abroad. Peter Baker (New York Times) on domestic and foreign policy issues for President Obama; John Dickerson (Slate Magazine and CBS News) on Sarah Palin’s 2012 ambitions; & Joan Biskupic (USA Today) on cases of immigration and veterans’ rights before a Supreme Court with a new justice on the bench.