19 Dec '11, 6am

US 'closely monitoring' #Kimjongil death

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States was on Sunday 'closely monitoring' reports on North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death and said it was committed to stability on the Korean peninsula and the security of its allies. Kim's death, announced by North Korea's official media, posed an immediate and grave foreign policy crisis for Washington and its allies, given Pyongyang's history of belligerence and its nuclear arsenal. 'We are closely monitoring reports that Kim Jong Il is dead,' White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a carefully worded statement. 'The President has been notified, and we are in close touch with our allies in South Korea and Japan. We remain committed to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to the freedom and security of our allies.' A State Department official said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also briefed on Kim's death, as the US Natio...

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