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No change in US military alert levels in Korea

Defense secretary contacts South Korea defense minister to reaffirm US support for alliance By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Defense Department says the alert readiness for U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula is unchanged following the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.

Pentagon spokesman George Little also said Monday that no unusual North Korean military movements have been detected since Kim Jong Il's death on Saturday after 17 years in power.

Little said U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke this morning with South Korean Defense Minister Gen. Kim Kwan-jin and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to its alliance with South Korea and stability on the Korean peninsula.

Little said both men agreed that it was critical to remain prudent with respect to the security posture there.

Panetta made it clear that the U.S. stands with the South Korea in this time of uncertainty, Little said.

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