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Don't be like your father: Clinton urges Kim Jong Un to be transformative leader

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged North Korea's new leader to chart a different course than his father, saying he could become a transformative figure who steers his nation away from a dark history of starvation and oppression.

Many U.S. officials and North Korea experts fear the young Kim Jong Un will push ahead with the nuclear brinkmanship and repression of his of father Kim Jong Il, whose sudden death in December elevated the untested 20-something leader from obscurity.

"This young man, should he make a choice that would help bring North Korea into the 21st century, could go down in history as a transformative leader," Clinton told reporters after diplomatic and defense talks with South Korean leaders.

"Or he can continue the model of the past."

Clinton said that regardless of what Kim did, it was her belief that eventually the hermit state would change direction.

"Because at some point, people cannot live under such oppressive conditions — starving to death, being put into gulags and having their basic human rights denied," she said. "So we are hoping that (Kim) will chart a different course for his people."

So far, Kim, believed to be in his late 20s, has signaled that he will continue with his father's hard-line "military first" policy, although he has shown some changes in style, speaking in public and doing other things Kim Jong Il never did.

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