Japan Security Watch: Kim Jong Il Dead: What Now?

18.12.11

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Kim Jong Il. Via Boston.com.

Kim Jong Il. Via Boston.com.

by JAMES SIMPSON

Everyone must have heard already, but North Korea’s Dear Leader is dead, and while we should expect a lot of crocodile tears, one wonders how many real tears of grief will be shed, particularly as it opened the door for Kim Jong Un to become successor — as North Korean media is now announcing (according to The WSJ).

Kim Jong Il reportedly died on the morning of the 17th, so presumably it took a few days for the Kim dynasty to reaffirm its power and map out the way ahead. What does the future hold for the hermit state and its relations with its neighbors?

Read the rest at Japan Security Watch.

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