The Madeleine Brand Show for December 19, 2011

Death of North Korea's leader brings hope, fears of instability

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This undated picture, released from Korean Central News Agency on June 19, 2010, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (in sunglasses) inspecting a factory. He died Saturday of a heart attack.

Thousands of North Koreans mourned the death of their "dear leader" Kim Jong Il Monday. His son, Kim Jong Un, will succeed him as the leader of the secretive communist country. South Korea's military is on high alert as analysts weigh what this could mean for relations on the divided peninsula and with the rest of the world.

In Los Angeles, home to one of the largest Korean expatriate communities in the world, people reacted with a mix of hope and uncertainty.


Douglas Paal, vice president for studies at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Roberto Hong, Association of North Koreans in America

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