Kim Jong Il succeeded his father and ruled the secretive nation for 17 years. It was a period that included repeated friction with the international community over North Korea's nuclear weapons program and a devastating famine in the late 1990s that may have been responsible for upwards of 2 million deaths.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died this past weekend. Host Michel Martin looks at the significance of Kim's death and what it means for the future of North Korea. She speaks with David Kang and Sandra Fahy of the Korean Studies Institute at USC.
The response of many Chinese is coming through in emoticons — the symbols often used in text messages. The Wall Street Journal reports Kim's death is the most popular topic on China's equivalent of Twitter. Some messages show laughing emoticons while others show broken hearts.
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