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VN sends condolences to mark death of North Korean leader

Update: December, 20/2011 - 09:53

HA NOI — The Communist Party of Viet Nam's Central Committee sent a message of condolences yesterday to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea on the death of Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader.

Kim Jong-il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, passed away from a great mental and physical strain on Saturday, aged 69, on a train during a field guidance tour.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said in a statement yesterday that Viet Nam expressed its deepest condolences to the North Korean Party, State and people on Kim's death.

"We believe that North Korea will overcome this great grief and continue to advance the country's construction and development cause," he said.

"All party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of comrade Kim Jong-un and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

It said leader Kim Jong-il had received medical treatment for his cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases for a long period.

He suffered an advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock, on a train on December 17, due to great mental and physical strain caused by his uninterrupted field guidance tour for the construction of a thriving nation.

Every possible first-aid measure was taken immediately but he passed away at 8:30 on Saturday.

An autopsy on December 18 fully confirmed the diagnosis of his diseases.

The leader suffered a stroke in August 2008 which left him with impaired movement in his left arm and leg.

North Korea declared a period of national mourning from December 17 to 29. — AFP/KCNA/VNS

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