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Drinks and Joy as Defectors Embrace North Korean Leader's Death

By: AP
By: AP

SEOUL (AP) -- The news of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death
is stirring mixed emotions for North Koreans living in South Korea.

Several interviewed by The Associated Press described a burst of
joy upon hearing that Kim had died but also a surge of unease over
the fate of relatives and friends left behind.

There was celebration and hope for a better future for their
homeland. For one woman, there was sadness about another generation of North Korean youths being indoctrinated as she had been.

South Korea is no paradise for the defectors. Facing prejudice
and lacking job skills, they rarely feel welcomed by their capitalist brethren.


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