North Korea Reacts to Kim Jong Il's Death

David Wright reports on the fallout from the unexpected death of the dictator.
2:38 | 12/20/11

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Turn out of the fallout from the sudden death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. The fact that it took US and South Korean intelligence more than two days to learn he had died shows how little we know about the mysterious and dangerous nuclear power. And the fact that -- -- young and inexperienced son may now be controlling those nuclear weapons has experts even more worried. And she's David Wright is in Seoul South Korea -- forces are on high alert good morning David. Good morning George it's been an unsettling 24 hours here bringing news not just give that. Dear leader's death but also confirmation. Of another North Korean missile test. North and South Korea are still technically in a state of war and that has people on both sides of that heavily fortified border wondering. What that. From north new images of a nation in mourning. Today the state TV announcer struggled the -- composure. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- you don't G-8 young and so and it. Over pictures of Kim Jong -- body lying in state. His son now hailed as the respectful leader was among the first to pay his respects. Thousands of others lined up single file in -- bitter cold. Patiently waiting their turn. All day long state TV broadcast patriotic music and tearful testimonials. Keating for Kim -- -- You two will hundred to distribute it how could you leave us like this he -- My general all Mike general she cries and and -- North Korea Morton just it is Miller dramatically when Kim Jong-Il took over from his post. The risks on the Korean Peninsula have not changed. What has changed is the -- The drama of North Korea is now going from -- to. To act three. Here in South Korea the government offered condolences to the North Korean people. And as a gesture of goodwill announced they will not be lighting the Christmas trees in the DMZ as they plan. In the past North Korea considered the Christmas trees a provocation. And no one wants to inflame things right now. As strange as it. Christmas -- put there by South Korean Christian groups. And actually be -- interpreted as a form of psychological -- there. Well these days that folks on this side of the border don't want to give the hot heads up north any excuses George. -- person -- ever heard Christmas trees. As a -- -- okay thanks David Wright.

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