Clinton urges ‘peaceful and stable transition in North Korea’

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, December 19, 2011 14:21 EDT
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Monday for a “peaceful and stable” transition in North Korea and said the United States wanted better relations with its people after leader Kim Jong-Il’s death.

“We both share a common interest in a peaceful and stable transition in North Korea as well as ensuring regional peace and stability,” Clinton said after talks with Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.

“We reiterate our hope for improved relations with the people of North Korea and remain deeply concerned about their well-being,” she said.

Clinton said that the United States has also been in “close touch” with fellow South Korea along with China and Russia, which were all involved in now-moribund denuclearization talks with North Korea.

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