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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

19 December 2011

NO.159

Joint Media Release with
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs

Death of Kim Jong-Il

The death of Kim Jong-Il is a major development in North Korea and potentially for the wider Asian region.

The Korean peninsula is among the world's most heavily armed regions, and a potential flashpoint. 

North Korea is one of the most isolated regimes on earth, and one of the most dangerous. Its nuclear and missile programs present a real and credible threat to the region and, potentially, to Australia.

It is essential with Kim Jong-Il's passing that stability on the Korean peninsula is maintained.  It is vital that all those with influence on Pyongyang reinforce the need for calm and restraint. 

Kim Jong-Il's passing may also represent an opportunity for the North Korean regime to act more responsibly both domestically and internationally.  The Australian Government will continue to urge Pyongyang to act in the interests of its own people and to engage constructively with the international community.

The Government is monitoring developments with close interest and consulting closely with our allies and partners.

19 December 2011