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LA's Koreatown learns of N. Korean leader's death

Los Angeles's Koreatown neighborhood learns of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Residents of Los Angeles's normally bustling Koreatown are beginning to learn of the death of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il.

News of the death played on virtually every television Sunday night in bars and cafes in the densely packed neighborhood, the center of the largest Korean enclave in the United States. But the mood was quiet, with few looking up from their food and drinks.

Brian Shin, a native South Korean, expressed surprise as he smoked a cigarette on the sidewalk in front of his apartment. His wife said she didn't think that tensions between South Korea and North Korea would change much because of Kim's passing.

About 200,000 Koreans live in Los Angeles County.


Associated Press writer Michelle Price in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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