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Kim's death 'chance for change' in North Korea

The Local · 19 Dec 2011, 13:11

Published: 19 Dec 2011 12:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Dec 2011 13:11 GMT+01:00

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"This is of course a chance for things to change there," a foreign ministry spokesman told reporters.

"But our expectations remain the same: that North Korea gives up its nuclear programme, that the catastrophic social situation of its own people improves and that it declares itself ready to open up in the political and economic spheres."

The spokesman declined to comment on the succession of Kim's youngest son Kim Jong-Un but said Korea's division would one day have to come to an end.

"Whoever takes over power must assume responsibility for improving the desperate situation of the people there. There is a clearly untenable situation with two Korean states," he said.

He called on the new leadership to introduce "democratic freedoms," fight the grinding poverty in the country and eliminate its nuclear arsenal, which he said "weakens the country as opposed to strengthening it."

The German government has long offered its expertise to South Korea based on its own track record with national reunification in 1990 to prepare for the possible end to the division on the Korean peninsula.

Germany is still grappling with the costs of unity, which topped one trillion dollars, as the east struggles with a sluggish economy and a jobless rate that is around twice as high as in the west.

Seoul has said the costs of bringing down the world's last Cold War barrier would likely be astronomical considering the state of the North's economy.

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17:00 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
18:27 December 19, 2011 by carlm
Unlike bobbygill, i hope the whole Kim Jong Il family burns in hell immediately if not sooner.

It's time for the US to leave South Korea completely and let them solve the North Korea problem. And while we're at it, we should completely abandon Germany and Japan and let them stand on their own two feet for once.

19:17 December 19, 2011 by raandy
The only real change there is the bad hair.
19:46 December 19, 2011 by derExDeutsche
The re integration of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to the to the South, would cost the region many times more than what it has cost Germany to repatriate East Germany. The cost is so great, to make it prohibitive. It is cheaper to keep things just the way they are, unfortunately....
20:18 December 19, 2011 by Johnne
May his soul rest in peace. I think the German government and most people here forget that Kim-Jong ll is human like all of us, and his family deserve some condolence too. Some people here/in the German Police could be worse than him.
20:47 December 19, 2011 by Wrench
Oh Great. Now instead of a nutcase in charge, they have a retard. Then again, we may influence him with shiny objects. (like money)
21:17 December 19, 2011 by wxman
Fortunately, Lil' Kim is no longer "ronery" as he was in Team America. He now has plenty of company: Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. Oh yeah, and his worthless old man, Kim Il Sung, too!
02:25 December 20, 2011 by catjones
@Johnne...except for starving a million people, Kim is just like you.
08:34 December 20, 2011 by Englishted

Hope you don't mind me saying this ,it is nothing personal but you are out of your mind and should seek medical help.

Hope you get better soon.
17:58 December 20, 2011 by Johnne
Who is this catjones? who is he?
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