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    Posted December 19, 2011 by
    Pinoypaul
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    Kim Jong Il dead at 69

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    DMZ and Kim Jong Il

     

    The recent death of Dear Leader Kim Jong Il will definitely change the relationship between South and North Korea.

     

    Visiting the Demilitarized Zone three months ago, I am reminded the two nations are still at the brink of cold war for 60 years.

     

    A brief Korean history: the US and other United Nations countries combined forces to prevent the advancement of North Koreans in the South. Kim Il-Sung, the father of Kim Jong Il, led the war. Right after, a military demarcation line was placed in the 38th parallel. This is under the care of United Nations as well as neutral countries.



    The DMZ is a hostile ground. With their closed fists, South Korean guards are ready for combat anytime the need arises. On the outside world, Kim Jong Il is viewed as a fierce dictator…and just a mere disrespect to the dear leader will have a lifetime consequence.

    Even the flag is Kim Jong Il’s focus of patriotism. With his death, we hope his successor will be open to diplomatic changes and totally giving up its nuclear weapons.
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