North Korea

5:20am

Mon December 19, 2011
Asia

Chinese React To Kim Jong Il's Death With Emoticons

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 5:22 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We've been following the reaction this morning to the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The response of many Chinese is coming through in emoticons, symbols often used in text messages.

The Wall Street Journal reports Kim's death is the most popular topic on China's equivalent of Twitter. And among the more than million posts about him are many decorated with laughing emoticons and victory symbols. But just as many however show broken hearts and candles.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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2:00am

Mon December 19, 2011
Asia

North Korea Power Vacuum Ups Security Concerns

The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has raised security concerns in the Korean peninsula and Asia in general. Linda Wertheimer talks to Stephen Bosworth, former U.S. special representative for North Korea and dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, about how dangerous the situation is on the Korean peninsula.

9:11pm

Sun December 18, 2011
The Two-Way

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died, State Media Say

Originally published on Sun December 18, 2011 9:04 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a visit to Siberia in August.
Dmitry Astakhov AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is dead, according to state media in that communist nation. He was 69.

South Korea's Yonhap News says that:

"Kim, who took over North Korea after his father and national founder Kim Il-sung died in 1994, 'passed away from a great mental and physical strain' during a train ride at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Korean Central News Agency said in an urgent dispatch.

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8:22pm

Sun December 18, 2011
Remembrances

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies At 69

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:11 am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a visit to Siberia in August. He died Saturday at age 69, according to state-run North Korean television.
Dmitry Astakhov AFP/Getty Images

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il has died of apparent heart failure. He was 69.

In a "special broadcast" Monday from the North Korean capital, state media said Kim died on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" during a "high-intensity field inspection" Saturday. It said an autopsy done Sunday "fully confirmed" the diagnosis.

Kim Jong Il wanted his successor to be his son, Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be in his late 20s. But there was no immediate word on a new leader in North Korea.

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11:01am

Wed October 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: U.S. To Resume Talks With North Korea, Appoint New Envoy

"The United States will hold a fresh round of talks with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program next week and appoint a new full-time envoy as its seeks to deepen its engagement with the reclusive regime," U.S. officials and a Washington-based foreign diplomat tell The Associated Press.

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