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NKorea report says a senior military official dies

North Korea's official news agency says the country's Vice Marshal Jang Song U has died.
/ Source: The Associated Press

North Korea's official news agency says the country's Vice Marshal Jang Song U has died.

The Korean Central News Agency said late Tuesday in a brief dispatch that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed "deep condolences" over Jang's death. It did not say when Jang died.

Jang was elder brother of Jang Song Thaek, a member of the all-powerful National Defense Commission.

Jang Song Thaek is married to Kim's younger sister and is said to be poised to play a key role after Kim's death until a new leader takes over.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke last year and has appeared frail in recent months.