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Int'l community reaffirms commitment to peace, stability on Korean Peninsula

12-20-2011 12:45 BJT Special Report:DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il dies |

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The international community has reaffirmed its strong commitments to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsular after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday announced the death of its top leader Kim Jong I1.

While extending his sympathy to the people of DPRK at this time of their national mourning, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday reaffirmed his commitment to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, saying "The United Nations system will continue to help the people of the DPRK."

UN Spokesman Farhan Haq said the UN chief is closely following the situation there.

China on Monday offered its deep condolences on the death of Kim.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Pak Myong Ho, Charge d'affaires of the DPRK Embassy Monday evening in Beijing.

Yang said Kim was a great party and state leader of the DPRK and had dedicated his entire life and rendered his immortal service to the DPRK's socialist and revolution and construction.

Yang expressed the belief that the people of the DPRK would definitely remain united with the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and Kim Jong Un, turn their sorrow into strength, achieve new progress in socialist construction, and make new contribution to realizing the sustainable peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

While agreeing to maintain close coordination to ensure the DPRK will take concrete actions toward denuclearization, the United States and Japan said they shared the recognition that it is important to make sure that the latest events would not negatively affect peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

"For this purpose, we affirmed to closely monitor the situations concerned, and to coordinate closely with each other by sharing information between Japan and the United States, and among Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea," visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on Monday told a press conference in Washington after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On the same occasion, Clinton said her country shared an interest in a peaceful and stable transition in DPRK, and hoped for "improved relations" with the people of DPRK.

Also on Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke with his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan-jin following the death of Kim Jong Il, conveying to him "the strong commitment of the United States to peninsula stability and to our alliance."

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said the two defense leaders agreed that it is critical for both countries to remain prudent with respect to all matters related to the security posture on the peninsula.

The two sides also promised to consult more often in the days and weeks ahead.

Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the WPK, chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA), passed away from "a great mental and physical strain on Saturday on a train during a field guidance tour," the KCNA reported on Monday.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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