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Major breaking news out of North Korea the nation's leader Kim Jong-Il has died.
State television announcing -- died Saturday morning of a massive heart attack during a train ride the White House says it's still working to confirm Kim's death.
All South Korean medias reporting its nation's military was put on high alert after the news of Ken's death.
It is believed the 69 year old suffered a stroke back in 2008.
But had seemed to recover making recent visits to China and also Russia.
The north Korean Central News Agency says Kim's funeral will be held on December 28.
Joining us on the phone now is Fox News chief Washington correspondent James -- -- James said back in September 2010.
He revealed his son Kim Jung and to be his successor.
Any idea how that transition might unfold.
Well behind closed doors for the most part the United States has no diplomatic presence in North Korea will be relying heavily.
On the South Koreans and the Chinese to tell us what is going on.
But -- parents being major US intelligence agencies have contracted with some aren't.
Kim -- goal in the 83 and youngest son can we Shaun Hill.
Does take our earth is believe will happen.
It will be.
The truly extraordinary moment in US doing.
With the hermit kingdom.
Are there and perhaps for the world.
In jungle and is believed to be 27 or 48 years old he was executed it in English speaking school.
Can you -- and there -- is believed to be a fan of Michael Jordan.
So although very little note about their.
It is believed that he will be fifty over the girl he is already -- prior to his followers there with the title since.
General the people's armed forces -- certainly but what military mission and so forth.
These -- the kinds of titles with which its offer was invested what he was younger barrier.
And James president apparent that the military will except that the evening they younger Kim -- soon as their new leader.
There is no reason as of right now to believe that they wouldn't.
They didn't -- accept Kim Jong -- as the leader when his father Kim you know some who was the founder of North Korea are.
Are -- 1994.
This is a major moment or the walls and for the Obama administration the White -- is believed -- police statement.
From Press Secretary Jay Carney saying simply that the White House is closely monitoring reports but Kim Jong-Il was dead.
The president has been notified.
The United States we are -- -- in close touch -- its allies and South Korea and Japan.
And the White House does not bode well we remain committed to stability on the Korean Peninsula and to the freedom and security of our allies experience.
And James -- and ill -- used fear to maintain power over his people is there.
Any chance that we could see something different out of Kim -- and -- are we expecting to see more of the same.
Most are -- -- sort of North Korea would tell you that they expect to see more of the -- Not simply because the situation in North Korea -- any number of countries -- -- authoritarian regimes.
Where we have seen in the western educated son come to come to power that has been some period of hope that that leader might somehow embrace western values.
-- all thought come to mind and we see how that has played out.
-- most fabulous not expect some dramatic change in the character of the regime of North Korea.
Still the United States to stop it didn't close contact with China.
Lord created essentially the -- quality -- -- China China is being considered what career.
The Chinese won't have a very large hole.
See how this succession on old.
Then I want to talk about South Korea because they're National Security Council called an emergency meeting what he thinks they're talking about right now what do you think.
They're trying to get in place as far as this this transition is concerned.
Well I think interest just South Korea right now is instability.
I'm sure -- forces along the demilitarized zone on a heightened state of alert.
US forces that are not part of the world -- probably on a heightened state of alert.
The North Korean regime is -- -- it has been belligerent it has shelled South Korean properties not -- in just the last couple years.
And it and it reacts.
We we all know.
Government remedy to any kind of event that it is that it -- that the opposition.
It is possible that the North Korean regime could do something untoward.
In the direction of South Korea just simply to establish.
The leadership you know this is all right now.
But things are very fluid I would say that's just the South Koreans right now -- -- -- -- -- student maintaining stability.
And ensuring that this event -- without any hostilities.
-- -- Fox News -- watching it Washington correspondent James Risen.
At thank you for that report again a funeral for Kim Jung -- is scheduled for December 28 -- We're also learning that mourners will be able to view his body for an entire week.
-- from the from December 20 until the 27 it appears and again if you're just joining us some major breaking news out of North Korea the nation's leader Kim Jong -- Has died state television announcing -- that he died Saturday morning of a massive heart attack.
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