Transcript for What Kim Jong Il's Death Means for Foreign Policy
Is an extremely volatile situation that's -- the former US ambassador. Bill Richardson said this morning to the United Nations and there's always been a concern. At this point of transition would be a real danger point. -- -- -- George and in fact it's been everybody's was not met a sudden collapse of the North Korean states. And that people -- it might be triggered by the sudden death of the lead -- Even though he had suffered a stroke in 2008. The fact that he died so suddenly has taken people and -- them off guard obviously North Korea. And South Korea have. Sort of years and years of instability to between them and China is also very -- The truth is though nobody can really predict what's going to happen here in Great Britain the foreign secretary -- says that this could be a turning point. Urging the north Koreans to consider. Coming back to engagement with the international community and as everybody knows it's been UPS situation that that such a great worry. Success is African presidents have said we will not tolerate a nuclear North Korea. North Korea is new kids so the question now is how to deal with the -- whether diplomacy engagement. Can work and whether they can persuade North Korea to suspend their nuclear program -- did back in 2008 when I was there. And where this goes -- -- so much. How much control this new leader Kim Jung -- only 28 years old has he was only anointed about a year and a half ago. By his father's Jake pointed out there's some concern that he might want to show how tough he is on the other hand. Western officials also hold out hope because he was educated -- -- time in the west in Switzerland that he might be more open to engagement. Precisely and -- we've seen even when the first Korean leader Kim Il sung died nobody was quite sure what would happen. When Kim Jong -- took over yet about fourteen years to prepare but even he took the country -- -- so yes people are concerned. But as you mentioned there is a new environment -- -- the world is different than it was even when Kim Jong-Il took over and people all gonna put a lot of hope in. The ability to bring. The new veto -- -- parent who the north Koreans -- not telling their people to rally around. Perhaps to try to bring him into. As some kind of dialogue and as you know there's been many reports of American envoys having. Talks with the north Koreans over the last several months about suspending again their nuclear program. This probably will be on hold for a while until the succession plays out OK Christiane thanks very much.
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