Clinton: Too early to tell on N. Korean leader

April 19, 2012 05:06

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered some hope on Wednesday that North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong-un, may yet change course despite the reclusive Communist state's recent rocket launch and the threat of a new nuclear test.

In an interview with CNN's "The Situation Room," Clinton said it was too early to tell what to make of the surprise remarks to soldiers on Sunday by the youngest son of the late Kim Jong-il, who saw North Korea fall into deep poverty and developed a nuclear weapons program during his 17-year rule.

Without elaborating, Clinton said Jong-un's speech was analyzed as "some of the old - same old stuff" and "some possible new approach".

"We really are waiting and watching to see whether he can be the kind of leader that the North Korean people need.

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