Little: U.S. wants "peace and stability" in Korea
Little said the U.S. will continue to participate in military exercises in South Korea, such as Foal Eagle 2013, as a means to instill confidence in the South Korean government that the U.S. is truly committed to helping South Korea reach their goal of attaining peace. Two F-22 Raptors, stationed at Kadena Air Base, made their way to South Korea for the two-month-long exercise, which began March 1.
"We believe that this exercise has been extremely successful in shoring up our cooperation with our South Korean allies, and we'll continue to engage with them closely," Little said.
Little said peace would be the best thing for the entire peninsula, but North Korea isn't playing a part. North Korea has reportedly engaged in "rhetoric and recent actions that are self-defeating and isolating."
Little said North Korea has to fulfill its international obligations, including limits on its nuclear and missile programs.
"I can envision any number of scenarios under which, if they acted constructively and abided by their obligations, that the United States would consider, at some point, talking to them about a whole range of issues, to include nuclear issues," Little said.