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(LEAD) Intelligence chief, defense minister learned of Kim's death from North's media
By Kim Eun-jung
SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's main spy agency and the defense ministry were completely in the dark about the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il until Pyongyang made an announcement two days later, officials said Tuesday.

Their ignorance revealed serious problems with Seoul's intelligence gathering capabilities on the North.