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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 254-12
April 09, 2012

Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Call with Korean Defense Minister

            Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout:

            “Secretary Panetta and Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin spoke by phone this evening to discuss the announced North Korean missile launch.  Both leaders would regard a missile launch by North Korea as a serious provocation and a violation of North Korea’s international obligations and standing UN Security Council Resolutions.

            “Secretary Panetta and Minister Kim reaffirmed their shared commitment to closely monitor North Korea’s efforts and to ensure the defense of the Republic of Korea.”