19 December 2011

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-general Extends Sympathy to People of Democratic People’s Republic

of Korea at Time of National Mourning, After Death of Leader Kim JonG Il

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General has learned that the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Il, passed away.  The Secretary-General extends his sympathy to the people of DPRK at this time of their national mourning.

The Secretary-General reaffirms his commitment to peace and security on the Korean peninsula.  The United Nations system will continue to help the people of DPRK.  The Secretary-General is closely following the situation.

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