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Place in North Korea for the first time in nearly twenty years and it's being seen as a source of both optimism and dread.
Senior foreign affairs correspondent Amy Kellogg looks -- future of North Korea.
Scenes of mass mourning in North Korea the -- officially called it's dear leader Kim Jong ill died of a heart attack Saturday.
News of his death hidden by the hermit kingdom until the early hours of Monday the last known pictures of them were taken just a day or so before.
Korea watchers worry that the nuclear state maybe even more assertive in the future.
One of the results of this a sudden death of Kim Jong-Il.
Is that there is nobody with a strong.
Command of authority and leadership.
Who can say no to the military.
And the military I think we want to.
Further develop their nuclear program further develop their ballistic missile program this means additional tests for both of those programs.
Kim Jung Il who succeeded his father in 1994.
Was known for his love of foreign films and find brandy.
But denied his citizens even some of their most basic needs.
North Korea is one of the world's most closed societies and no stranger to famine -- chronic malnutrition.
Kim Jung Il suffered a stroke in 2008 and later elevated his youngest son Kim -- -- to successor status it's not clear whether he will sail straight -- -- power.
But whether the old guard will challenge the 27 year old air.
Kim Jong-un was educated in Switzerland and as a basketball fanatic but otherwise is an unknown commodity at least the outside world.
There are fears can jump.
May feel they need to burnish his credentials as a strong leader.
-- flexing his muscles militarily and secretary of state Hillary Clinton expressed hope for an opportunity.
In the time of transition.
We reiterate our hope for improve relations with the people of North Korea.
And remain deeply concerned about their well being.
With its massive army North Korea remains in the state of war with the south.
It sank a South Korean naval ship last year soul is on high alert in the face of possible instability next door.
It is North Korea's nuclear program though which has the wider world -- Pyongyang has test fired two devices in the last five years and is now believed to have enough plutonium for half a dozen nuclear bombs.
It recently started enriching uranium as well.
Now -- North Korea test fired a missile today.
Both American and South Korean officials say they believe -- was part of a military exercise and not connected.
To the death of Kim Jong ill but still it is a potent reminder of the tension that remains.
On the Korean Peninsula.
-- more on this with the panel Amy Kellogg lot in London.
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