Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–April 3, 2013. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:
“Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun, Byung-Se at the Pentagon today to congratulate him on his appointment as foreign minister and discuss the unwavering American commitment to our alliance with the Republic of Korea.
“The secretary expressed his gratitude to Minister Yun for hosting Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter during his recent trip to South Korea and told the minister he is encouraged by the high level of consultation between both governments.
“Secretary Hagel reaffirmed to Minister Yun that the United States’ enduring defense and extended deterrence commitments to South Korea will not change and that it is our 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 thanked Minister Yun for his friendship and his continued commitment to the ROK-U.S. relationship and defense of the Korean Peninsula.”