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Release No: 614-13
August 28, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting with Republic of Korea Minister of Defense Kim Kwan Jin

           Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

           “Secretary Hagel met with the Republic of Korea Minister of Defense Kim Kwan Jin today on the sidelines of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meetings Plus in Brunei.

           “Secretary Hagel thanked Minister Kim for his friendship and reaffirmed to Minister Kim the United States’ enduring defense and extended deterrence commitments to South Korea. He noted that it is our mutual duty to remain vigilant during this time of heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

           “The two leaders discussed the importance of the recent U.N. Security Council Resolutions that are designed to limit North Korea’s progress on its nuclear and missile programs. While the Department of Defense remains focused on fulfilling security commitments, Secretary Hagel stated that diplomatic efforts are fundamental to encouraging North Korea to pursue the path of peace.

           "Secretary Hagel announced he looks forward to continued bilateral discussion on strengthening the alliance at the upcoming SCM in Seoul and commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War together with the leaders of the Republic of Korea.”