Kim Jong Il Dead: William Hague Leads Political Reaction After North Korean Leader Dies

Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 19/12/11 11:09 Updated: 19/12/11 15:47

William Hague has said the death of Kim Jong Il could be a "turning point" for nuclear state North Korea, in a statement on Monday.

The foreign secretary was the first British political leader to react to the death of the dictator.

Following the news, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda was reported to have set up a crisis management team and South Korean military was on high alert.

See our slideshow below for political reaction to Jong Il's death as it comes in.

Hague: This could be a turning point for North Korea
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"The people of N Korea are in official mourning after the death of Kim Jong Il. We understand this is a difficult time for them.

"This could be a turning point for North Korea. We hope that their new leadership will recognise that engagement with the international community offers the best prospect of improving the lives of ordinary North Korean people.

"We encourage North Korea to work for peace and security in the region and take the steps necessary to allow the resumption of the Six Party Talks on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".