Hagel meets with ROK President Park to discuss security

Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with the President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye on Monday at the Blue House in Seoul to confirm the United States' commitment to defending the nation.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little made a statement to the press on Monday, recapping the topics discussed during the meeting. Commander of U.S. Forces Korea/United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command Gen. JD Thurman, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Commander and U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Sam Locklear accompanied Hagel during 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," Little said.

Hagel expressed his commitment to Park to working intimately with the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense to continue to strengthen the alliance between the two nations. The leaders discussed the most recent threat from North Korea and how the ROK and U.S. forces can take preventative measures against a potential attack.

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