What Does Kim Jong Il’s Death Mean to The US

With the death of Kim Jong Il on Sunday many are worried what to expect in terms of future relations between the United States’ military and the volatile Asian country.

According to the Defense Department, President Obama phoned President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea, after word of Kim’s death became public:

“The president reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to the stability of the Korean Peninsula and the security of our close ally, the Republic of Korea. The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch as the situation develops and agreed they would direct their national security teams to continue close coordination.”

While South Korean officials have indicated they’ve put their armed forces on a higher level of alert, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey told reports traveling with him in Europe that’s not the case with the United States. Dempsey said America and its allies haven’t noticed anything…

“…in North Korean behavior of a nature that would alarm us.”

According to the Department of Defense, North Korea has developed both missile technology and has nuclear capabilities.

Watch the AP Video below:

 

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Author: Murphy

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