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World reactions over top DPRK leader's death

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12:48, December 19, 2011

Photo provided by KCNA news agency shows Kim Jong Il (1st R), top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), gestures as he watches a military parade in celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the DPRK's founding, in Pyongyang Sept. 9, 2011. Kim Jong Il passed away on Dec. 17, 2011 at the age of 69 "from a great mental and physical strain," DPRK's official KCNA news agency reported on Dec. 19, 2011. (Xinhua/KCNA)

Indonesia extends condolences to DPRK on Kim's death

JAKARTA, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia on Monday extended its condolences to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the passing away of its top leader Kim Jong Il, a press statement from the Foreign Ministry said here.Full story

S. Korea on alert following top DPRK leader's death

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- South Korea is put on high alert Monday following the death of Kim Jong Il, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).Full story

Obama calls S. Korean president on Kim's death

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama called South Korean President Lee Myung-bak following the death of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), reaffirming U.S. strong commitment to the stability of the Korean Peninsula and the security of South Korea, the White House said in a statement on Monday. Full story


Japan hopes Kim's death has no negative impact on Korean Peninsula security

TOKYO, Dec. 19 (Xinhua)-- Japan hopes DPRK leader Kim Jong Il's death has no negative impact on Korean Peninsula security, and strengthens preparations for contingencies, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told an emergency news conference on Monday after Kim's death was reported. Full story

Noda urges officials to keep in touch with U.S., China, S. Korea over Kim's death: media

TOKYO, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Japan has already discussed DPRK leader Kim Jong Il's death with U.S., South Korea, and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda urged officials to keep in touch with U.S., China, South Korea over the issue, according to Kyodo citing a senior government official. Full story

Australian FM: calm, restraint should be maintained over Kim Jong Il's death

CANBERRA, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said here on Monday world countries and leaders should maintain calm and restraint over the news of Kim Jong Il's death.

Rudd said the news of death does not come as a surprise but at the moment "all analysts on North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) are handicapped by what we don't know." Full story

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