Dec. 19 - North Koreans and neighbouring countries react to the death of Kim Jong-il. Sophia Soo reports.
North Koreans on the streets of Pyongyang cried at the news of the death of their "Dear Leader". North Korean state media reported on Monday that Kim Jong-il had died two days earlier of a heart attack while on a train trip. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) KRT NEWS READER SAYING: "I'm announcing in the most woeful mind that our great leader Kim Jong-il passed away due to sudden illness on his way to a field guidance on December 17, 2011." In Japan, the chief cabinet secretary said he hoped Kim's death would not have any ill effects on peace and stability in the region. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY OSAMU FUJIMURA SAYING: "We were given orders to closely exchange information with the concerned nations of U.S, South Korea and China, and take all measures needed to prepare for the unexpected." News of Kim's death was top news with newspapers distributing extra editions. In neighbouring China, the North Korean flag was at half mast at the embassy in Beijing. Chinese people were shocked at the news. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) BEIJING RESIDENT NING JIAYONG SAYING: "I think its a great shame. because we've had so many years of cooperation, and it's always been very friendly. I feel very shocked by the news." South Koreans were worried about the news and many said the North may attack them. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 52-YEAR-OLD LEE MYONG-HEE SAYING: "He died well before the hereditary succession ends. But we have to be on alert since the North Korean situation is bad, maybe being about to collapse. There's a possibility that they would invade us." Kim's youngest son, Kim Jong-un was named by the North Korea's news agency KCNA as the "great successor" to his father. Kim Jong-il's sister and her husband were also promoted to important political and military posts, further enhancing the powerful family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since its founding after World War Two. Sophia Soo, Reuters.