Kim Jong-Il death could be 'turning point': Britain

19th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain said Monday the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il could be a "turning point" for the isolated nation and urged his successor to engage with the international community.

"The people of North Korea are in official mourning after the death of Kim Jong-Il. We understand this is a difficult time for them," said Foreign Secretary William Hague in a statement.

"This could be a turning point for North Korea.

"We hope that their new leadership will recognise that engagement with the international community offers the best prospect of improving the lives of ordinary North Korean people."

He also urged the nuclear-armed, famine-ridden state "to work for peace and security in the region and take the steps necessary to allow the resumption of the Six Party Talks on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Kim Jong-Il, 69, died of a heart attack at 8:30 am on Saturday (2330 GMT Friday), while travelling by train on one of his field trips, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

© 2011 AFP

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