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N Korea Mourns Dear Leader, Hails Young Un

From a heartbroken Reuters:

North Korea mourns dead leader, son hailed as "Great Successor"

By David Chance and Jack Kim
December 19, 2011

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Koreans poured into the streets on Monday to mourn the death of iron leader Kim Jong-il as state media hailed his untested son as the "Great Successor" of the reclusive state whose atomic weapons ambitions are a major threat to the region.

Earlier a tearful North Korean television announcer, dressed in black and her voice quavering, said the 69-year old ruler died on Saturday of "physical and mental over-work" on a train on his way to give field guidance — advice dispensed by the "Dear Leader" on trips to factories, farms and the military.

Security concerns over the hermit state, that in 2010 shelled civilians on a South Korean island and is blamed for the sinking of one of its warships earlier that year, were heightened after Seoul said the North had test-fired a short range missile prior to the announcement of Kim’s death.

It was the first known launch since June.

North Korea’s official KCNA news agency lauded Kim’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un as "the outstanding leader of our party, army and people".

"We have esteemed comrade Kim Jong-un," KCNA led a dispatch that said North Koreans from all walks of life are in utter despair but were finding comfort in the "absolute surety that the leadership of Comrade Kim Jong-un will lead and succeed the great task of revolutionary enterprise."

But there was uncertainty about how much support the third generation of the North’s ruling dynasty has among the ruling elite, especially in the military, and worry he might need a military show of strength to help establish his credentials.

"Kim Jong-un is a pale reflection of his father and grandfather. He has not had the decades of grooming and securing of a power base that Jong-il enjoyed before assuming control from his father," said Bruce Klingner, an Asia policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

"(He) may feel it necessary in the future to precipitate a crisis to prove his mettle to other senior leaders or deflect attention from the regime’s failings."

The North Koreans always feel it necessary "to precipitate a crisis" whenever they want more food and money.

Video from Chinese state television showed residents weeping in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. KCNA reported people were "writhing in pain" from the loss of the man who in 1994 assumed the leadership of the totalitarian state from his father Kim Il-sung, the North’s first, and officially eternal, president

How sad.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “N Korea Mourns Dear Leader, Hails Young Un”

  1. Astravogel says:

    It will be interesting, albeit disappointing,
    to see what Ali Obama and the Forty Thieves
    make of this opportunity.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    “Earlier a tearful North Korean television announcer….” uh, wasn’t that Wolf Blitzer?

    Speaking of….CNN spent 3 hours of nervous hand-wringing talking about how:
    1. We should not disrupt the delicate shift in power, as if that’s what the world needs! A smooth transition from one terrorist to another….thanks CNN!
    2. How Obama and Japan MUST tread lightly when recognizing his death. Another opportunity for Obama to bow to another dictator. . .
    3. We don’t need to antagonize, or make any sudden movements that might be misinterpreted by the so very fragile regime.
    4. We must tip-toe on eggshells so that the unstable, nitroglycerine-like regime won’t act aggressively toward anyone, and it would be our fault if they did.

    COME ON! Since we don’t declare war anymore when we want to invade countries, why not this one? They are giant wusses, ripe for destruction, and the world would hail their defeat. EVERY diplomat and negotiator should be put up on crimes against humanity charges, for failing to stop this regime.

    The VICE Guide to North Korea

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    To be perfectly clear: Jesus Christ Speaks Korean. Now that’s a Summit.!

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