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Seoul, South Korea - US, South Korea Pledge To Strengthen Defenses

Published on: November 1, 2015 11:01 PM
By: AP
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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min Koo, second from right, look towards North Korea at an observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Carter is visiting the buffer zone separating North and South Korea to highlight the American commitment to defend its South Korean ally.(Korea Pool Photo via AP)U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min Koo, second from right, look towards North Korea at an observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Carter is visiting the buffer zone separating North and South Korea to highlight the American commitment to defend its South Korean ally.(Korea Pool Photo via AP)

Seoul, South Korea -  The U.S. and South Korea are pledging to strengthen their combined defenses against what they call threats by North Korea, but they announced no specific new steps toward a long-delayed transfer of wartime control of South Korean forces from the U.S. military to the South Korean government.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called North Korea an “up-close, dangerous and continuing threat.”

Carter appeared at a news conference with his South Korean counterpart, Han Min-koo, who said his country would not tolerate further military provocations by the North.

In a joint written statement issued after closed-door meetings, they condemned North Korea’s recent suggestion that it intends to conduct a long-range missile launch or nuclear test.

North Korean army solider look southern side as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Carter is visiting the buffer zone separating North and South Korea to highlight the American commitment to defend its South Korean ally.(Korea Pool Photo via AP)North Korean army solider look southern side as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visits at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Carter is visiting the buffer zone separating North and South Korea to highlight the American commitment to defend its South Korean ally.(Korea Pool Photo via AP)


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 Nov 02, 2015 at 07:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Go ahead South Koeah you can trust whatever Obama bin Laden says. Don't worry about the North. The USA is just across the ocean ready to send you valuable advice and a few armed local militia should you be attacked with nukes. Thank you for your trusting the man who can always be trusted to say trust me.

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