Kim Jong Il Dead
December 19, 2011 by staff
Kim Jong Il Dead, Shock at the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has quickly turned to concern over the stability of the Korean Peninsula. And Koreans living in New Zealand are keeping a close eye on events unfolding at home. Kim Jong Il died yesterday at the age of 69. North Koreans poured into the streets to mourn the death of iron leader Jong-il as state media hailed his untested son as the “Great Successor” yesterday.
Prime Minister John Key Key said yesterday he hopes the death of Jong-il will lead to a better future for people in the Stalinist country.
Key said North Koreans suffered extensively while under the rule of Jong-il and hopes for a smooth transition in leadership.
“We would hope, long term, for an improvement in the outlook for the people of North Korea who have suffered very badly,” he said.
“We hope for a brighter future for them.
“I think the world will be looking on with some trepidation but obviously we hope that’s a smooth transition.”
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