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S. Korean, U.S. defense chiefs view DPRK's power succession stable

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15:20, December 30, 2011

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- The defense chiefs of South Korea and the United States stated that the power succession in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been stable so far, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Friday.

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin talked over the phone with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to discuss the situation on the Korean peninsula after the death of DPRK's former leader Kim Jong Il, the ministry said. During the roughly 20- minute call, the pair agreed to closely monitor the situation in the DPRK, it said.

The two also shared the view that maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula is important and agreed to manage the current situation stably through close cooperation between the two countries, the ministry said.

The call came after the mourning period for the DPRK's late leader came to an end on Thursday with a massive memorial service.

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