• Sweden edition
 
Kim Jong Il's death demands 'vigilance': Bildt

Kim Jong Il's death demands 'vigilance': Bildt

Published: 19 Dec 2011 09:01 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Dec 2011 09:01 GMT+01:00

The fact that the death of Kim Jong Il wasn't announced until two days after the North Korean dictator had died is a sign of the “uncertainty” in the region, Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt said on Monday.

Writing on his blog, Bildt explained that the delay in announcing the death of 69-year-old Kim, who reportedly suffered a heart attack on Saturday, is a sign of “uncertainty in the world's toughest dictatorship”.

“We don't know what it will lead to, but history has taught us that dictatorships are never more unsettled than in stages such as this,” Bildt wrote.

“How this might manifest itself is something about which we can only speculate.”

Kim's death was delivered by a weeping news presenter on North Korean state television.

According to the Associated Press, North Korea called the late leader's son, Kim Jong Eun, who is in his twenties, the “great successor” and urged North Koreans to follow his leadership.

Bildt referenced a March 2010 incident in which a South Korean ship was sunk in what was believed to be an attack carried out by North Korea, cautioning that “it's not possible to rule out that this pattern will be repeated”.

“There is good reason for the increased vigilance which has been reported this morning by Seoul as well as Tokyo,” wrote Bildt, adding that there is good reason to believe China will also do what it can to “ensure stability in the succession in Pyongyang.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:38 December 19, 2011 by HYBRED
Glad to see the piece of crap go.
10:16 December 19, 2011 by byke
Kim Jong had been ill for a long time.
10:45 December 19, 2011 by RobinHood
Please would they run Team America on TV as a suitable memorial to the great man. I heard he hated it, but it really does give him the proper dignity he deserves.
11:20 December 19, 2011 by Luckystrike
Yes, lets all ridicule and disrespect a dead human, how sophisticated of you.
11:40 December 19, 2011 by Lavaux
Is ridiculing and disrespecting living humans any better? Hmmm.

Is there anything worthy of ridicule or disrespect?

We offer our sympathies to the dearly departed and innocent. To those whose inhumanity and crimes have earned them death, we offer our gratitude to death for taking out the trash.
11:42 December 19, 2011 by gabeltoon
I wonder how his son will treat the people now,there are so many of them starving to death.
13:18 December 19, 2011 by RobinHood
@Luckystrike

Thank you for reminding me of the sophisticated respect due this bringer of death by rape, torture and famine to hundreds of thousands of people.

Now you've put me straight on Kim Jong Ill, would you remind me how much respect I owe Pol Pot, Chairman Mao, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler because, being as unsophisticated as you say I am, I just don't respect them either.

Where did I go wrong Lucky? How can I be sophisticated like you?
13:46 December 19, 2011 by Luckystrike
If I were you, I would start by addressing my constant and sole iota of apparent intellect
14:06 December 19, 2011 by Grokh
I hope the iron curtain falls.

funny enough north koreas with a dictatorship is actually a safer country than iraq and afghanistan with democracy
17:17 December 19, 2011 by bobbygill
I hope Kim Jong-un secures power before a senior military officer does. The best hope for the North Korean citizenry is in his son coming to power. If only for the fact that, by all accounts, his son just isn't crazy enough. He actually seems to be a bit oaf-ish, even dimwitted. Not that his father was ever in the running for a Nobel. I wrote about the younger Kim a couple of weeks ago, and from my perspective, he will run to the West very quickly otherwise he risks military overthrow.

Some more of my thoughts on Kim Jong-un: http://bit.ly/twvRNO
20:27 December 19, 2011 by philster61
I guess Karl Bildt will have to look around for another mentor.....
23:50 December 19, 2011 by godnatt
I wonder if they think his son is a god too since he's the only fat person in the whole country.
17:14 December 20, 2011 by bobbygill
The stability of the Korean peninsula rests in Kim Jong-un's ability to gain control of the National Defense Commission, the country's supreme ruling body. As warped as it is, the continuation of the line of dictators at leasts preserves the status quo of the armistice. We can only hope that Kim Jong-un isn't usurped by the military through a coup, or at worse, a fabricated crisis which leads to war. I just wrote an article outlining the challenges the younger Kim now faces, you can read more at: http://bit.ly/uyGZ8w
16:48 December 23, 2011 by tadchem
The nature of a dictatorship is that transitions of power are always traumatic, with no clear indication of where it will end up until it gets wherever it is going. Change of leadership is rarely smooth, even in a democracy.

The beauty of a constitutional form of government is that these uncomfortable moments need not be violent.
02:10 December 24, 2011 by Britt-Marie7
I understand that Kim Jong was just about to be signing some kind of peace treaty, but his military commanders did not want to allow that and maybe be without a job, so they killed him. Kim Jong's son is just a puppy, the military will be in charge, and all will be back to business as usual. Don't expect any changes, unless it is for the worse!
02:22 December 25, 2011 by johnoleson
@ luckystrke

When a large group of runaways escaped to China seeking a better life (better life???), Dear Leader had them strung together with a wire through their clavicle to march them back home where they were to be punished. DO NOT TALK TO ME ABOUT DISRESPECTING THE DEAD BEFORE YOU START TALKING ABOUT RESPECTING THE LIVING VICTIMS OF THIS DEAD MONSTER and how dare you insult fellow Swedes with your unworthy opinion.
21:16 January 16, 2012 by zooeden
About time he died!!! woohoo!
Today's headlines
Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Advertisement:
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

718
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com