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December 19th, 2011
06:09 PM ET

Explain it to me: North Korea

CNN's Wolf Blitzer explains how the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has potentially far-reaching ramifications.

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BLITZER'S BLOG: Tense times ahead as North Korea transitions
December 19th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Tense times ahead as North Korea transitions

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(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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