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Topic - Brian Shin
Many in the largest Korean enclave in the United States took word of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il with disbelief, saying it was a day they thought they'd never see. But when their shock wore off, most in Los Angeles's Koreatown shifted to quiet concern for the future of their native country and its neighbor to the north.
"Kim Jong-il died? You're sure about that? No way! I thought he was going to live forever," said Brian Shin, a 30-year-old native South Korean as he smoked a cigarette in front of his high-rise apartment building on Wilshire Boulevard.
He kept expressing doubts until his wife ran downstairs to tell him it was true.