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Former President Jimmy Carter has sent North Korea a message of condolence over the death of Kim Jong-il and wished "every success" to the son expected to take over as dictator, according to the communist country's state-run news agency.
North Koreans inside the secretive, totalitarian state are expressing doubts about their new leader and anxiety over the future, while revealing details about their dire circumstances in rural areas that appear to be slipping from the grasp of the repressive regime.
The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il touched off an instant media frenzy inside China, a state that proudly proclaimed North Korea to be its closest ideological and geopolitical ally.
PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (AP) | North Korea's anointed heir Kim Jong-un led a solemn procession of mourners Tuesday to the glass coffin of his father, the country's longtime ruler - a strong indication that a smooth leadership transition was under way in the country known for secrecy and unpredictability.
It was the scenario strategists from Beijing to Washington fretted over: Kim Jong-il's sudden death befalls North Korea before the isolated regime completed a power transfer to his young son and rejoined disarmament talks with the United States.
There is no sure path for the transition of power in nuclear-armed North Korea, even as its citizens mourn the death of longtime dictator Kim Jong-il and praise the rise of his hand-picked successor, Kim Jong-un, regional analysts say.
U.S. officials treaded carefully Monday in responding to Kim Jong-il's death amid concerns that the North Korean dictator's demise could trigger a succession struggle that would deepen uncertainty over the communist nation's nuclear arsenal.
Questions abound about whether North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's 28-year-old son is fully empowered to take control of the totalitarian, nuclear-armed regime in the wake of Mr. Kim's death.
Since making his international debut a year ago Monday, Kim Jong-un has been serving as military strategist, political statesman and trusted deputy to his father, leader Kim Jong-il.