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Kim Jong Il: Leader's death may be a turning point

December 18, 2011 | 10:29 pm

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Badral Ulziitogtokh, a 23-year-old originally from Mongolia, said the Long Beach church he attends has been praying for the death of the North Korean leader.

“I feel like God is starting to finally change the world for the better,” he said. “But I worry about what will happen in the immediate future.”

Ulziitogtokh said that North and South Korea have been divided for long and with a distrust that runs so deeply that few people remember anything different.

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“I don’t know if this will be a turning point,” he said. “But I hope so.”

Seung Hyun Lee, 19, was cleaning up for the night at Hollys Coffee in Koreatown when she heard that Kim has died.

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The waitress said she was unconvinced the news was accurate and that said she’d heard reports that the dictator had faked his own death before. "I don't even know if he really died," Lee said.

She added: “It will take his dead corpse."


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-- Matt Stevens and Garrett Therolf, in Koreatown

Photo: Kim Jong Il and son Kim Jong Un, right, in 2010. Credit: Associated Press