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Updated: December 22, 2011 18:08 IST

South Korean President urges stability in North

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In this December 19, 2011 photo, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks during an emergency meeting of the National Security Council over North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death at the presidential house in Seoul.
AP In this December 19, 2011 photo, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks during an emergency meeting of the National Security Council over North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death at the presidential house in Seoul.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is urging stability in North Korea and says his country’s frontline troops remain on alert.

South Korea put its troops on high alert Monday after the death of Kim Jong-il. The presidential Blue House says Mr. Lee made the comments on Thursday in a meeting with legislators.

All signs out of North Korea suggest the transition of power to Kim Jong-il’s son is going smoothly. U.S. and South Korean officials are seeing no unusual troop movements and no buildup around the heavily fortified border.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said that as of Wednesday the U.S. military has not seen any unusual military movements by the North Koreans.

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