Maybe Kim Jong Il Didn't Die on a Train...

South Korean intelligence indicates that's not what really happened
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2011 9:38 AM CST
Maybe Kim Jong Il Didn't Die on a Train...
In this Aug. 20, 2002 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's armored train arrives at the Russian border railway station of Khasan.   (AP Photo/Igor Kochetkov, File)

(Newser) – Kim Jong Il died on a moving train—or so North Korea would have us believe. But the Los Angeles Times reports that South Korean intelligence is painting a different picture. It seems that the country's No. 1 spy, Won Sei-hoon, has reviewed satellite photos that depict Kim's armored train ... stationary, and sitting in a Pyongyang station at the time he reportedly died. "There were no signs the train ever moved," Won apparently told officials.

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Why would they have fibbed? Some believe that the time and place could "somehow be sensitive" to the officials overseeing the transition of power, notes the Times. But dying on a "field guidance tour" sounds more heroic than wheezing, sickly, in bed—which is where rumors place him in his final moment. (Read more Kim Jong Il stories.)

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