Asia stocks slip on death of North Korean leader

A currency trader reacts in front of the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index at the foreign exchange dealing room of the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

December 18, 2011 10:04:47 PM PST
Asian stocks tumbled Monday as the death of the unpredictable leader of nuclear-armed North Korea, Kim Jong Il, added to uncertainties already dogging financial markets.