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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.

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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!
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