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Deck crew members watch U.S. fighters on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class USS George Washington during joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea in South Korea's East Sea on Monday, July 26, 2010. U.S. and South Korean warships and helicopters practiced anti-submarine maneuvers off the Korean Peninsula Monday that officers said they hope would serve as a warning to Pyongyang that aggression in the region would not be tolerated. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, Pool)

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F-22 stealth fighters (second and third from left) fly with other fighters over the Nimitz-class USS George Washington during joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea in the East Sea off the Korean peninsula on Monday, July 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)

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South Koreans watch the Nimitz-class USS George Washington leaving for joint military exercises at the Busan port in Busan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, July 25, 2010. The massive nuclear-powered U.S. supercarrier began maneuvers Sunday with ally South Korea in a potent show of force that North Korea has threatened could lead to "sacred war." (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

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The U.S. Navy's Aegis destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), arrives for joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises at Donghae Harbor, South Korea, Saturday, July 24, 2010. North Korea warned Saturday that joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises poised to begin this weekend amount to a military provocation that will draw a "powerful" nuclear response from Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

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** FILE ** The aircraft carrier USS George Washington arrives in Busan, South Korea, in July 2010 to take part in four days of joint naval exercises with South Korea. (Navy Visual News Service via Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center right, is escorted by Han Duck-Soo, South Korean ambassador to the U.S., past ceremonial honor guards as she arrives at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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A South Korean protester holds a portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, during a rally against joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States in front of the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens as Han Duck-soo, South Korean ambassador to the United States, second from right, looks on upon Mrs. Clinton's arrival at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pay respect to the U.S. national anthem during a ceremony at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, talks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as they walk to attend a dinner at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from left, South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young pose before their meeting at the Central Government Complex of South Korea in Seoul, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Lee Jae-Won, Pool)

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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, look through binoculars toward North Korea during a visit to observation post Ouellette at the Demilitarized Zone in Panmunjon, South Korea, on July 21, 2010. The DMZ is a strip of land that divides North and South Korea at the 38th parallel. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, pool)

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U.S. Army Col. Kurt Taylor, right, briefs Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 2nd right, as a curious North Korean soldier looks through a window at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a press conference with South Korean counterparts on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Gates and Mrs. Clinton are participating in talks with their Korean counter parts and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, pool)

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In a Wednesday, July 21, 2010, photo provided by the Navy Visual News Service, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrives in Busan, Republic of Korea, to take part in four days of joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States that starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Navy Visual News Service, PO 3rd class Charles Oki)

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U.S. Army Col. Kurt Taylor, right, briefs Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 2nd right, as a curious North Korean soldier looks through the window at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates look at North Korea using binoculars at a guard post in Camp Oulette neat the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/ Korea Pool) *

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speaks to troops during a stop at Camp Casey on July 20, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Gates, who will join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and Gates' counterpart Kim Tae-young, greeted troops from the 1st Heavy Brigade and the 210 Fires Brigade. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, pool)

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, front left, and Korean Minister of National Defense Kim Tae Young, front right, leave the Ministry of Defense building in Seoul South Korea, Tuesday July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Cherie Cullen)

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A photo provided by the Defense Department shows Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, speaking to Army Gen. Walter L. "Skip" Sharp, commander of U.S. Combined Forces Command and commander of U.S. Forces Korea, on board a helicopter to Camp Casey in South Korea to speak with U.S. and Korean troops, Tuesday July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Cherie Cullen)