Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
“Secretary Panetta spoke with Republic of Korea Minister of Defense Kim Kwan-Jin today to discuss immediate coordinated actions and continuing collaboration in the wake of North Korea’s highly provocative nuclear test. Secretary Panetta reaffirmed the U.S. commitment, including our extended deterrence commitment, to defend the ROK from aggression. Both leaders emphasized the strength of the U.S.-ROK alliance and its vital role in assuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
“The secretary discussed the importance of further efforts with the United Nations Security Council and regional partners in pursuing additional sanctions. The secretary also expressed appreciation for Minister Kim’s leadership and partnership in strengthening the alliance during his time in office.”