Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby provided the following readout:
"Today, Secretary Hagel hosted the Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se for a meeting in the Pentagon. The secretary reaffirmed the crucial role of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, which serves as a linchpin for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. The secretary and the minister reaffirmed that both sides must continue to make progress to develop and acquire critical military capabilities necessary to maintain and strengthen our combined defense posture. The two discussed the importance of maintaining a robust combined defense of the Korean Peninsula as a strong deterrent against provocations from North Korea. Secretary Hagel emphasized the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, and confirmed the solid United States commitment to the defense of the ROK."