In this June 14, 2000 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung raise their arms together before signing a joint declaration at the end of the second day of a three-day summit in Pyongyang. In a breakthrough at the historic summit, the two signed an agreement aimed at easing half a century of conflict on the heavily armed Korean Peninsula and working toward its eventual reunification. Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader whose iron rule and nuclear ambitions dominated world security fears for more than a decade, has died. His death was announced Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. He was 69. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Pool, File)
In this June 14, 2000 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung raise their arms together before signing a joint declaration at the end of the second day of a three-day summit in Pyongyang. In a breakthrough at the historic summit, the two signed an agreement aimed at easing half a century of conflict on the heavily armed Korean Peninsula and working toward its eventual reunification. Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader whose iron rule and nuclear ambitions dominated world security fears for more than a decade, has died. His death was announced Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. He was 69. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Pool, File)
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