Japan PM says country ready for 'unexpected' after Kim deat

By REUTERS
December 19, 2011 08:25

 
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TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told ministers at a special security meeting to prepare for any unexpected circumstances, including financial or border issues, following news of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the top government spokesman said on Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura also told a news conference that Japan would work closely with the United States, South Korea and China in seeking further information.

"Prime Minister Noda instructed ministers at the security meeting to prepare for the unexpected, including financial matters, North Korea's domestic issues and border affairs," Fujimura said. "There are various issues."

He said the ministers reached no conclusion on whether to raise the level of alert for Japan's military, but the matter might be raised in subsequent meetings.

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