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  • U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (left) and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin shake hands during a joint press conference in Seoul on Oct. 28, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Panetta reaffirms U.S. commitment to South Korea

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that the Asia-Pacific region will be a key focus of U.S. security efforts in the 21st century, but he was cagey about whether U.S. troops would join their South Korean allies in retaliating against North Korean provocations on the troubled peninsula.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, shakes hands with South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    Gates insists on bilateral Korean talks

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Friday called for Pyongyang to engage with Seoul as a precondition to the resumption of six-party nuclear negotiations, but a South Korean official said that no foundation is yet in place for bilateral talks.

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