S. Korea, US sign plan to deter N. Korea nuclear strike
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea and the United States signed a strategic pact on Wednesday to prevent a North Korean nuclear attack and agreed to review a planned switch of US wartime command over South Korean troops.
The pact establishes a "strategic framework" for dealing with "key North Korean nuclear threat scenarios" that have escalated since the North's third nuclear test in February.
It was signed by visiting US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who reiterated US commitment to using all its military capabilities - conventional and nuclear - to provide South Korea with an "extended deterrence that is credible, capable and enduring".
Although neither side provided any specific details of the measures envisaged by the new strategy, South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan Jin said it would "greatly enhance the efficacy" of the alliance's existing deterrence capacity.