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South Korea, US pledge firm response to North Korea

Published on Apr 25, 2014 5:48 PM
 
US President Barack Obama (left) and South Korean President Park Geun Hye (right) pose for a photo during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on April 25, 2014. Ms Park said on Friday, April 25, 2014, that the United States and South Korea had agreed to do what it takes to contain North Korean "provocations". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters/AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Friday that the United States and South Korea had agreed to do what it takes to contain North Korean "provocations".

She was speaking after talks with visiting US President Barack Obama, who said North Korea will gain "nothing" by making threats.

"Threats will get North Korea nothing," Mr Obama said at a joint press conference Ms Park. "The United States and South Korea stand shoulder-to-shoulder in refusing to accept a nuclear North Korea,” he added.

Additionally, South Korea and the United States have agreed that a 2015 date to transfer operational command of South Korean forces could be reconsidered after Seoul asked for a delay, Mr Obama told the press conference on. Seoul had pushed for a renegotiation of the agreement, fearing that Washington’s security commitment to South Korea could have been weakened due to the transfer.

Seoul and Washington said in a joint statement that “due to the evolving security environment in the region, including the enduring North Korean nuclear and missile threat, the current timeline for the transition of wartime operational control (OPCON) to a Republic of Korea-led defense in 2015 can be reconsidered.”

 
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