MP hopes for best after death of Kim Jong Il

He likes to be optimistic, but James Lunney unsure of what succession will bring

The Dear Leader of North Korea is dead and Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney is hopeful the coming change in leadership will also result in positive changes on the Korean Peninsula.

He’s not overly optimistic about it, however.

Interviewed Monday, Lunney said the death of Kim Jong Il adds another layer of uncertainty to an already troubled world.

“I’m concerned the world is a very unstable place right now,” he said. “We had a leader there who ruled with an iron fist for 14 years I think and there are still lots of tensions between North and South Korea. The implications are being discussed at world levels and we are all hoping for the best, but it wasn’t long ago that North Korea destroyed a naval vessel and shelled an island.”

Despite the uncertainty of the coming succession, Lunney said he is hoping for the best.

“We would all like to see North Korea come out of the isolation it has found itself in, with a model that doesn’t work in the modern world,” he said. “We would like to see it be embraced by the world community and engage with the rest of the world in a positive way. It’s always good to be optimistic and with change comes possibility. However, with an unstable situation, outcomes are not always guaranteed.”

 

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