12/19/2011 08:17 am ET Updated Feb 18, 2012

Kim Jong Il Dead: Inside North Korea (PHOTOS)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il has passed away at 69-years-old. He died on a train, reportedly suffering a heart attack.

Kim Jong Il took over power from his father in 1994, continuing many of Kim Il Sung's policies. He invested heavily in military development, while devoting few resources to the country's economic and social development.

The 'Dear Leader' ruled with an iron hand, and under his rule North Korea remained one of the most isolated states in the world.

Take a rare look at some breathtaking photos from inside Kim Jong Il's North Korea in the slideshow below.


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