Kim Jong Il Dead: Laura Ling, Lisa Ling Respond To 'Dear Leader's' Death (VIDEO)

12/20/2011 07:52 am ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

Journalists and sisters Laura and Lisa Ling appeared in an exclusive interview on CNN's "AC360" Monday night, to respond to the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Both Laura and Lisa have covered the country and Kim's regime for their respective media organizations. Laura and her Current TV colleague Euna Lee were detained by soldiers in 2009 for filming along the North Korea-Chinese border. They were sentenced to 12 years hard labor, but were released five months later after months of diplomatic negotiations and a personal intervention by President Bill Clinton.

When asked how she responded to the news of Kim's death, Laura said "it was very surreal," and that she "got chills immediately." She added that she thought about the guards and interrogators tasked with keeping her prisoner while she was held captive in North Korea in 2009. "We did develop a relationship, and I thought about what the future might hold for them," she said.

Lisa said that they both found the news of his death "quite surprising," since she recalled President Clinton describing the "Dear Leader's" mental faculties as "fully intact" when he negotiated Laura's release.


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