According to the North Korean news agency, former President Jimmy Carter has sent condolences on the death of Kim Jong-Il.
Here is the statement the North Koreans issued:
Pyongyang, December 21 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea, received a message of condolences from Jimmy Carter, ex-president of the U.S. on Dec. 19.
In the message Jimmy Carter extended condolences to Kim Jong Un and the Korean people over the demise of leader Kim Jong Il.
He wished Kim Jong Un every success as he assumes his new responsibility of leadership, looking forward to another visit to the DPRK in the future.
Let us hope for a quick denial from President Carter’s office. To express condolences to the people of North Korea over the death of Kim is truly like expressing condolences to the people of Iraq over the death of Saddam Hussein, to Italians over Mussolini, to Libyans over Gadhafi…there are many examples. It may seem impossible, and perhaps Carter sent something but he is being misquoted. And yet…the idea seems plausible as does the notion that Carter would seek to get back there soon and see the new guy.