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Or North Korea urging its people to rally behind heir apparent Kim -- after news that his father Kim Jung -- has died.
State television is reporting -- -- of a massive heart attack on the train ride Saturday morning.
North Koreans were seen bursting into tears in the streets of Pyongyang -- were to Ken's death spread.
South Korea meanwhile putting its military on high alert and convening emergency committee sessions on national defense.
It's believed the 69 year old dictator suffered a stroke back in 2000 aids but -- -- -- to recover making recent visits to China and Russia.
The north Korean Central News Agency says Ken -- will be held December 28.
Joining us on the phone now is Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry and what is -- -- Obama administration saying and doing right now.
Well get it anywhere and now obviously -- -- working intensively behind it seems to get a handle this situation we've been informed that President Obama was briefed on the situation as well as secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the White House is being very careful tonight though not to -- -- Libya they want to make sure they don't get out ahead of this other wanna let this play out a little bit so we are told by US officials.
That the White House has reached out to its allies as you mentioned his South Korea and Japan we -- short of them of the close bond between the US these nations have obviously a lot of nervousness.
-- that region right now about whether or not.
-- -- Jim -- -- the son of Kim Jong-Il takes over whether or not he'll want to treat pretty young only his twenty political picking provocative actions.
Argues North Korean military.
Could shake things up a little bit -- -- -- so that is being watched intensively at this hour variance.
Well we had a lot of threats -- -- it will the US military DNL on a higher state of alert to.
And this is gonna mean may -- some new dialogue between our and our two countries.
Go to -- really big question that it moved forward first of all -- -- the Pentagon we're told that both the Pentagon intelligence agencies as well of the US.
I will be watching very closely particularly good take a look at -- ground units inside North Korea make sure they're not up anything.
But I just spoke to look -- Mike Green who was a senior.
-- official in Asia appears in the bush White House for several years.
Did you tell me that actually the US government has been feeling out this very scenario for more than a decade but dating back to the Clinton administration because.
Actually Kim Jong Il's father died there was a lot of uncertainty they did not want to be aren't prepared well there was a democratic or Republican administration in the US.
When Kim Jung -- himself how.
It's all told there are some of big -- behind the scenes they have a lot of this -- doubt in terms of different scenarios that may play out -- impact.
It could followed -- -- bit key piece would conduct hill's father passed away.
In fact there will be a long period of mourning -- -- North Korea we're told.
And as a result -- experts are telling us tonight.
It's because not believe that you'll see any sort of a new dialogue between the US -- North Korea.
In the short term because that long period of mourning -- allow the US -- -- back and not interfere.
And so it's unlikely we'll repeat anything dramatic change.
In the -- into in the first few days ahead.
Probably be a period of -- believe that's but the hope the US is hoping for and then once back clears up to the mourning period is over you can bet.
There's and a lot of questions about whether or not this would be a whole new day.
And US look throughout North Korean relations.
But for now the US -- -- watching very closely monitoring the situation and also making sure that while there's predictions of com.
That there's not any sort of military actually takes place all North Korean -- that's being locked.
Very close to believe -- -- experience.
And and won one more question -- any word at the White House is whether or not they've reached out to China.
Regarding the future of North Korea since China's -- such a big supporter.
We have not got award from the white hospital as to whether they've spoken directly to -- yet but you can bet there have been in the hours and days ahead President Obama will be talking to president who about this situation it's interesting because the US.
Was on the verge up before this happened.
Just making too big decisions.
Whether or not due to re launch it was a so called six party talks.
You know -- in the US China others.
To try to figure out whether or not there's -- you're putting with North Korea that obviously could be on hold for a few days you have mentioned maybe even a few weeks but that.
Those questions will be out there but also the US was thinking about putting food aid because of you don't all of the troubles there.
So such desperate poverty in the Communist nation that's -- be on hold now as well because again the US is gonna have to.
Stepped back a little bit let this play out but you can bet the US and China will be talking very closely -- the hours and days ahead.
All right thank you chief whitehouse correspondent Ed Henry thank you so much for that -- And it if you're just joining us Kim -- -- North Korean leader dead at the age of 69 a funeral planned for December 28.
Mourners will be able to visit him for an entire week we're being told what the very latest as we get more information on this developing story.
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