December 19, 2011 Kim Jong Il's son, the heir apparent, has little experience or preparation to lead. Analysts say that means he won't be in a position to get back to nuclear disarmament talks and make concessions. He also may be tempted to take provocative actions to establish his leadership credentials.
December 19, 2011 These photos show "daily life" in North Korea, but one can't help but wonder what's not photographed.
December 19, 2011 Perhaps the legacy of North Korea's leader is best explored through a nighttime satellite image.
December 19, 2011 Kim Jong Il succeeded his father and ruled the secretive nation for 17 years. It was a period that included repeated friction with the international community over North Korea's nuclear weapons program and a devastating famine in the late 1990s that may have been responsible for upwards of 2 million deaths.
December 19, 2011 The "Great Successor" who is in line to succeed his father as leader of North Korea is thought to be in his late 20s and to have gone to school in Switzerland. He may speak English. But as with many things in North Korea, much is a mystery.
December 19, 2011 The regime appears to have tried to position Kim Jong Un as a sort of reincarnation of former leader Kim Il Sung, whom the young man greatly resembles physically.
December 19, 2011 The North Korean government has made money by selling drugs and counterfeiting U.S. dollars.
December 19, 2011 Known for its sometimes irreverent way of illustrating world events, The Economist magazine has over the years been quite creative when it's cover subject was North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (who died Saturday at the age of 69). It's done it again.
December 19, 2011 The death of North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader was announced Monday by state television. Kim's iron rule and nuclear ambitions for his isolated Communist nation dominated world security fears for more than a decade.