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Tracking Number:  248909

Title:  "US-South Korea Security Relations."

The US remains firmly committed to render prompt and effective assistance to repel any armed attack against South Korea in accordance with their joint defense treaty of 1954. (921021)

Date:  19921021


(VOA Editorial) (460) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America October 21, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney met with South Korea's Minister of National Defense Choi Jae Chang earlier this month to reaffirm that "the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula are central to the security of Northeast Asia, which in turn is vital to the security of the United States." Secretary Cheney noted that the United States would continue "to sustain its security engagement and presence in Asia for the long term." Last year, there were several positive steps, especially the two agreements reached by South and North Korea. Implementation of these accords will "provide the foundation of peace and stability in Korea."

An important concern of the United States and South Korea is that North Korea cease all activity associated with the development of a nuclear weapons program. Secretary Cheney and Minister Choi called on North Korea to implement fully its commitments under the South-North Joint Declaration On Denuclearization of the Korean peninsula by agreeing to credible and effective bilateral inspections, including challenge inspections. Secretary Cheney and Minister Choi noted that along with ongoing inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, "these actions by North Korea would provide essential assurances that it does not intend to produce nuclear weapons and does not possess nuclear reprocessing or uranium enrichment facilities." Secretary Cheney and Minister Choi also expressed concern over the destabilizing effect of "North Korea's ongoing buildup of offensive forces." They called on North Korea to cease the export of long-range missiles.

Secretary Cheney and Minister Choi agreed that "U.S. forces should remain in Korea as long as the governments and people of the United States and the Republic of Korea believe that they provide deterrence against North Korea and serve the interests of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula." The United States and South Korean governments reconfirmed "that any further drawdown of U.S. forces in Korea would be made only after the uncertainties surrounding the North Korean nuclear program have been thoroughly addressed."

The United States remains firmly committed "to render prompt and effective assistance to repel any armed attack against the Republic of Korea in accordance with the U.S./ROK Mutual Defense Treaty of 1954"; and reaffirms that "the United States will continue to provide a nuclear umbrella for the Republic of Korea."

U.S.-South Korea security cooperation is intended to support efforts to promote the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula. The United States urges North Korea to cooperate in achieving that goal through the full and prompt implementation of its accords with South Korea.


File Identification:  10/21/92, TXT301; 10/21/92, AEF312; 10/21/92, EPF305; 10/21/92, EFS351; 10/21/92, LEF314; 10/21/92, NFS361
Product Name:  Wireless File; VOA Editorials
Product Code:  WF; VO
Document Type:  EDI
Thematic Codes:  1EA
Target Areas:  AF; AR; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  248909
USIA Notes:  *92102101.TXT

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