The article called the North Koreans to strengthen the defense. It also calls for the withdrawal of 28,000 U.S. troops in South Korea, calling them an “obstacle to peaceful reunification.”
Kim Jong-Il died on 17 December 2011 of a heart attack at age 69. He led North Korea for over 17 years. December 31, 2011, his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, aged 28, was officially appointed commander in chief of the armed forces of the country.