US statesman Kissinger out of Seoul hospital

March 14, 2010 07:56

SEOUL, South Korea — Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was released from a hospital in the South Korean capital Sunday after recovering from stomach pains, a hospital spokesman said.

Kissinger's condition was "not serious" while he was being treated at Seoul's Severance Hospital and he had recovered after a day of medical treatment, spokesman Han Jin-ho said.

Han said Kissinger didn't receive any major treatment like surgery, but didn't elaborate.

A healthy-looking Kissinger thanked nurses and shook hands with them before leaving the hospital. He didn't speak to journalists waiting for him.

The 86-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate arrived in Seoul earlier in the week to attend a security forum. He also met with South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak.

Kissinger served as secretary of state for US presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

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