Arizona Sen. John McCain did not mince words when commenting on the news of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death. A statement on the Senator's web site reads:
"The world is a better place now that Kim Jong-il is no longer in it. For more than six decades, people in North Korea have been consigned to lives of dire poverty and cruel oppression under one of the most totalitarian regimes the world has ever known. I can only express satisfaction that the Dear Leader is joining the likes of Qaddafi, Bin Laden, Hitler, and Stalin in a warm corner of hell."
The 2008 Republican nominee for president goes on to write that the dictator's death presents a "historic opportunity" for Koreans and those interested in deepening the security of North East Asia and the world.
Sen. McCain calls on China to play a lead role as a responsible world power, to work with the US and other allies to shape "a peaceful transition to a unified, democratic, and independent Korean Peninsula."
McCain is the ranking republican on the Senated Armed Services Committee. The Hill reports that the United States is monitoring the situation in North Korea as Kim Jong Un takes over for his father, and a Pentagon official said Monday there weren’t any indications of unusual troop movements being made following Kim Jong Il’s death.