Illinois’ senators agree that China should play an important role in the future of North Korea. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) agree that China should play an important role in the transition of power in North Korea after the death of their leader Kim Jung Il. “If China can help us move North Korea to a more peaceful status where they’re not threatening South Korea and the region, it’s in Chinas best interest and in the best interest of the world,” Durbin said.
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Kirk agrees and adds that it’s yet to be seen how much advice the North Korean government will take on who should assume power. “China has an incredibly important role,” Kirk said. “If you look behind the scenes it was clear that China was lobbying not to have the number three son take power. We also know there’s a shadowy uncle involved who may be acting as a regent and so I think this story has a couple more chapters to run.” Beijing has been reluctant to open a dialogue with North Korea on such topics.