Leadership changes leave open window for social changes

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With the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, University of Florida History Professor Paul Ortiz says the country’s future doesn’t rely on influence from the west but rather neighboring South Korea.

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Ortiz says he wouldn’t be surprised to see unrest from North Korean citizens while the new leader takes his place.  He says family bonds across the border will be especially important in bringing about any change.

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