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North Korea - Dec 19, 2011 - 19:32

Last modified: 19 Dec 2011 15:32

Will Pyongyang stick with six-party talks?

The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could complicate nuclear disarmament talks with the United States and its key Asian allies, as an untested and largely unknown heir takes charge of one of the world's most-feared atomic renegade states.

The immediate question for Washington, and close ally Seoul, is whether Kim's isolated state can withstand a power transition to his youngest son Kim Jong-un, named by state news agency KCNA as the "Great Successor" to his father. click here for more