“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Connects the Dots for Viewers on the Death of Kim Jong Il and the Implications for Americans

Dictators death raises questions about the future of North Korea.


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On Monday, December 19, 2011 "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" took an in-depth look at the death of Kim Jong Il - giving viewers the whole picture on this global event and the implications it has on Americans.

George Stephanopoulos said the following at the top of the broadcast: "It is the world's most mysterious country - nuclear weapons make it one the most dangerous too. So when news broke that North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Il had died, President Obama and other world leaders were braced for the worst.  Would the country collapse and war break out?  Tonight nearly 30,000 U.S. troops in South Korea can be hit by North Korea's missiles.  What does Kim Jong Il's sudden death mean for them and for us here at home?  Much depends on this man - Kim Jong Il's son and successor Kim Jong Un.  But there are many questions about him as well:  What does he think?  Is he really in charge of the world's fifth largest army?  Must this young man, still in his twenties, prove himself by provoking conflict?"

"ABC World News" provided team coverage from Washington to South Korea.  ABC News Global Affairs anchor Christiane Amanpour examined how the dictator's death will impact the future of North Korea - a country with the fifth largest army in the world.

Bob Woodruff, who has reported from inside North Korea three times in the past five years, shared his unique insights on this mysterious country.  David Wright was the only network correspondent who reporting from the Korean peninsula on Monday night.  Wright, who stood just 20 miles south of one of the world's most heavily fortified borders, reminded viewers of the decades-old standoff between North and South Korea.  Finally, Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper brought the view from the White House where the President and his national security team have spent time looking at all of the potential outcomes of this transition of power.

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