As news of the death of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il spread late Sunday, President Obama spoke with South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, who visited the White House only a few months ago. According to the White House, "the President reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to the stability of the Korean Peninsula."
Full readout from the White House:
At midnight tonight, President Obama spoke with Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula following the death of Kim Jong Il. 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.