In South Korea, A Different Kind Of Dread

After more than four decades of worrying about North Korean President Kim Il-Sung, residents of Seoul spent the days following the announcement of his death on July 9 dreading life without him. The emergence of Kim Jong-Il, the mysterious son of the "Great Leader," as the new boss in Pyongyang did little to reassure South Koreans. Many envision the younger Kim presiding over an economic and political meltdown--a collapse that would force the south to spring for a multibillion-dollar bailout. "I worry about us having to suffer together with them," says Son Woong-Hee, a 22-year-old office clerk in Seoul.

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