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Topic - Kim Kwan-Jin
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.
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.