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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 693-13
September 30, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Meeting with the President of the Republic of Korea

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

"This afternoon in Seoul, Secretary Hagel met with the President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye at the Blue House.

"Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Sam Locklear, and Commander of U.S. Forces Korea/United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command Gen. JD Thurman also attended the meeting.

"Secretary Hagel thanked President Park for her strong commitment to the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance and, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the mutual defense treaty, Secretary Hagel expressed the unwavering commitment of the United States to the defense of South Korea.

"He pledged to work closely with the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense to continue to strengthen this alliance, which is a linchpin of security in Northeast Asia.

"They also discussed the latest assessment of the threat from North Korea, and steps ROK and U.S. forces are taking to more effectively respond together to provocations of any kind.

"Finally, Secretary Hagel commended the regular tri-lateral security cooperation with Japan to counter the North Korean threat. Secretary Hagel highlighted the importance the United States places on this type of cooperation."

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