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Kissinger leaves hospital in South Korea

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is hospitalized after complaining of stomach pains, according to reports.
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Henry Kissinger delivers a speech in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday.Lee Jin-man / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Former U.S. 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.

As secretary of state, he helped open formal relations between China and the U.S. and arms-control agreements with the Soviet Union under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Le Duc Tho for the 1973 cease-fire that led to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam.