19 Dec '11, 11am

S.Koreans fearful over Kim Jong-Il's death

S.Koreans fearful over Kim Jong-Il's death

SEOUL : News of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il hit South Koreans like a bolt from the blue on Monday, sparking both fears of conflict and hopes of change across the heavily-fortified border. "I'm speechless," Kwak Bo-Ram, 24, an NGO official told AFP. "I'm just shocked and worried at the same time. "It was always a rumour before, not a confirmed report," she told AFP. Groups gathered in front of televisions in public places, with others glued to smartphones after the North's state media announced that the leader died on Saturday. An estimated 150 activists gathered in central Seoul's Gwanghwamun Plaza to welcome the death. "Let's achieve unification now," read one banner. "It feels like an aching tooth fell out," said one demonstrator. A weeping black-clad announcer on the North's state television gave the news to the world. State media urged people to rally ...

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