Reaction of other countries to the death of Kim Jong Il

[The following selection of reactions to the death of Kim Jong Il are taken from an article in the CNN website, published on 20 December 2011. –CanKor] 


Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “We were distressed to learn of the unfortunate passing of the senior-most North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, and we express our deep grief about this and extend our condolences to the people of North Korea. Kim Jong Il is a great leader of North Korean people, and is a close friend of Chinese people. … China and North Korea will make joint effort … to consolidate and develop the … friendship between the two countries … and to maintain the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the region.”


Cuban state-run newspaper Granma: “The State Council of the Republic of Cuba has declared official mourning following the death of comrade Kim Jong II, Chairman of the National Defense Committee and Secretary General of the Labor Party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, on the 20, 21 and 22 of December.”


Foreign Minister Alain Juppe: “There isn’t much hope. It is a completely closed off regime … We are very cautious about the consequences of this succession. We hope that one day the North Korean people will find freedom. There are ongoing talks with North Korea … and we need to keep on talking with China and other participants to make North Korea abandon its nuclear weapon.”

— A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said that France “reaffirms its commitment to peace and stability in the peninsula and hopes the North Korean regime will evolve in a positive way. … Our thoughts go to North Korean people who have been suffering for years from misery and lack of human rights. … France will carry on its action for North Korean people, especially by supporting humanitarian programs…”


Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle: “We hope that a window of opportunity will open for the people of North Korea,” Westerwelle said during a joint news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.


Osamu Fujimura, Japanese chief government spokesman: “We express our condolences on the news of the passing Kim Jong Il, the chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea. We wish the sudden news would not affect North Korea negatively.”


Department of Foreign Affairs: “The Government and people of the Philippines convey our condolences to the Government and people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the death of President Kim Jong-Il. … The Philippine Government values its relations with the DPRK and will continue to cooperate with them to intensify the promotion and maintenance of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, including in the Korean Peninsula, to ensure the region’s continued prosperity.”


President Dmitri Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent condolences to North Korea on Russia’s behalf. According to Lavrov, “Of course, we hope that the loss which has befallen this amicable people will not affect the future development of our friendly relations.”

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