BLITZER'S BLOG: Tense times ahead as North Korea transitions
December 19th, 2011
03:43 PM ET
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BLITZER'S BLOG: Tense times ahead as North Korea transitions

(CNN) – Exactly a year ago, I spent six days in North Korea. It was an incredibly tense time on the Korean peninsula but things eventually calmed down. The past year has been relatively quiet.

But I now fear that could change with the death of Kim Jong Il. This is likely to be a very tense time as the transition to his young and untested son, Kim Jong Un, unfolds.


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  1. diridi

    worry not for North Korea, worry for USA first, and GOP bickering, and Idiotic Republicans drama...o.k, Let us not worry for world, world is alright, let us focus needed reforms in USA, like Senate and Congress Term-Limits, and Anti-Lobby, and corruption in Congress....and Senate.

    December 19, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Food stamps for billionaires.

    Does this mean it is not a good time for republicans to start a war there? War seems to bring opposing factions together like it did in Iraq.

    December 19, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It will be tense. N. Korea will want to show the world that the transition of power has not detoriated their stability. I fully expect them to put on some sort of belligerent display of strength. Watch out for that. Let's hope they can talk their way out of this period, instead of demonstrating their way.

    December 19, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Food stamps for billionaires.

    Is there some way, the republican anti American crowd can go to North Korea, and see what they are doing to the United States?

    December 19, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    it's going to be very interesting to see what the president has to say about the situation in North Korea and the White House stand on it. I say this because I bet my bottom dollar WHATEVER stand he takes the GOP will come out and take just the opposite. The so-called 2012ers probably can't wait for his statement so they can attack. Does Obama come out and offer condolences to them for the loss of their leader? If he does the attack is ON! If he doesn't then they could spin it to say he lacks compassion.

    December 19, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Scott O' Canada

    No other western journalist has better insight and perspective than Wolf when it comes to N.Korea. It would have been interesting if his narrative could have been extrapolated in greater detail. There is something missing here that doesn't allow us to read in between the lines. Any arguement into why Iran shouldn't have the bomb need not look no further than this article.

    December 19, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    North Korea is a very poor country. The leadership has trouble feeding its own people even as they spend whatever money they have on the military
    It is painfully obvious that all the "evil rich" people have bankrupted the country and oppressed the middle class in North Korea. Workers of the world, unite! Break out the guillotines and pitch forks and ... wait a minute!

    Think people. Think real hard....

    December 19, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Welcome to North Korea.... Where the playing field is completely level and there are no evil rich people. Everybody is equal in their misery and starvation. The only evil rich people are the government bureaucrats to ensure there is a level playing field for the miserable and starving.

    December 19, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans are destroying America. We call it Bonicide in honor of the incompetent speaker.

    December 19, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |