WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The United States and South Korea pledged Monday to maintain a robust combined defense as a deterrent against "provocations" from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Pentagon said.
Hosting South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se at the Pentagon, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the crucial role of the U.S.-S. Korean alliance, "which serves as a linchpin for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
They also reaffirmed that both sides "must continue to make progress to develop and acquire critical military capabilities necessary to maintain and strengthen the combined defense posture," it said.
Hagel emphasized the importance of the U.S.-S. Korean alliance, while confirming the solid U.S. commitment to the defense of South Korea, it added.
S.Korea formally proposes talks on family reunions with DPRK
SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korea formally offered to hold a working-level meeting over resuming the reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) this week, the unification ministry said Monday.
The ministry said it had sent a message to the DPRK, suggesting to hold talks on Thursday at the truce village of Panmunjeom. Full story