The White House says it is too early to tell whether the death of Kim Jong Il opens the door for better U.S. relations with North Korea.
Spokesman Jay Carney also says the longtime dictator's death has not spurred any additional concerns about North Korea's nuclear ambitions beyond those the U.S. has long had. He says the U.S. will continue to press North Korea to meet its international obligations.
Carney said the Obama administration has been in touch with South Korea, Japan, China and Russia since North Korea announced Kim's death. He says the U.S. will continue to monitor developments and succession plans in North Korea.
North Korea's state media says Kim died of a heart ailment Saturday.