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Whether Kim Jong-il's death really is 'turning point' for North Korea depends on his son, and the country's greatest ally, China.

This article titled “Kim Jong-il’s death: an uneasy legacy” was written by Simon Tisdall, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 19th December 2011 10.55 UTC

To be honest, nobody knows for sure what may happen in North Korea following the sudden death of Kim Jong-il. A key part of the mercurial dictator’s legacy is the dysfunctional secrecy that envelops the country like a dark funeral shroud. In equal measure, Kim threatened, and felt threatened by, the outside world. His personal insecurity translated into a national policy of paranoia.

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