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Release No: NR-069-14
February 05, 2014

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Phone Call with Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Kim

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke by phone this evening with Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan Jin to discuss the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, the United States' unwavering commitment to the U.S.-ROK alliance, and the importance of regional cooperation to reinforce deterrence against North Korean threats.

Secretary Hagel and Minister Kim reaffirmed the strength of the alliance and agreed that close consultation and coordination are pivotal in promoting alliance unity and readiness in all areas.

The secretary highlighted the steadfast U.S. commitment to the defense of South Korea, including extended deterrence capabilities, and expressed his gratitude for the shared investment the United States and Republic of Korea make toward the combined defense.

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