Seoul and U.S. agree on a strong defensive posture
Defense Minister of South Korea, Kim Kwan-jin, and Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, agreed on Tuesday to maintain a strong defensive position on Pyongyang after the announcement yesterday of the death of its leader, Kim Jong-il.
Both defense officials held a telephone conversation in which they agreed to establish a close coordination nation and surveillance over the North's communist regime at this time of political uncertainty, local news agency Yonhap.
Moreover, South Korean Army General Jung Seung-jo, and his counterpart in Washington, Martin Dempsey, agreed to share all available information to ensure a strong and rapid military response if it was needed, said Yonhap.
After the death of North Korean leader, the Administration ordered the security forces of South Korea military exercise extreme vigilance at the border and declared a state of emergency government. In addition, the Joint Command and U.S. Forces South Korea, which has about 28,000 troops in the Asian country, increased its activity and the number of troops along the border to enhance surveillance.
The two Koreas are technically at war since the conflict that faced between 1950 and 1953 was settled with an armistice and not a peace treaty.
Pyongyang last night launched a short-range missile that hit the sea, in an area of the east coast that was not specified, although it ruled that the launch had to do with the death of North Korean leader. Seoul believes that since last year North Korea has carried out missile tests KN-06, with a view to an eventual deployment of the same.
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