U.S. vows to remain committed to South Korea's defense

United States Secretary of State Chuck Hagel met with the President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye on Monday to discuss the current situation on the Korean peninsula.

Hagel and Park met at the Blue House. The meeting began with Hagel thanking Park for her strength in her commitment to the U.S. and Republic of Korea alliance, which he promised to continue to strengthen by working closely with the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense. He also mentioned that on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the mutual defense treaty, the U.S. would remain committed to the defense of South Korea.

The meeting then turned to the latest developments on the peninsula of Korea and what could be done about them. Hagel and Park talked about the latest assessment of the threat from North Korea and steps that could be taken by the Republic of Korea and the United States to respond to any provocations.

To finish the conversation, Hagel commended the tri-lateral security cooperation with Japan, emphasizing the United States' importance in this kind of cooperation.