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Korea, US, Japan agree to expand cooperation to deter N. Korea

South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed to strengthen cooperation in policy setting to better deter North Korean aggression, Seoul's defense ministry said Saturday.

The ministry said the understanding was reached during a meeting of senior defense ministers at the two-day-long 11th Asia Security Summit under way in Singapore.

South Korea's Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Japan's Senior Vice Defense Minister Shu Watanabe attended the talks.

"The three officials concurred that North Korea's provocations pose a threat to all countries and there is a need to further enhance ties to jointly cope with the challenges," an official in Seoul said.

 He said Seoul, Washington and Tokyo viewed such provocations as the 2010 sinking of a South Korean corvette in the East Sea and the shelling of South Korean island later that year and the more recent launch of a long-range rocket as grave threats to the peace and stability of Northeast Asia and the world at large.

"The three country's stressed that despite provocative actions taken by the North, they will receive no compensation and only find themselves becoming more isolated from the international community," the official said.

The ministry official said the three allies called on Pyongyang to respect United Nations resolutions 1718 and 1874 to give up and dismantle all of its nuclear weapons programs, and warned of serious repercussions if the communist country conducts another rocket test or detonates another nuclear device. The North tested nuclear devices in both 2006 and 2009.   

The summits are arranged by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) with the first meeting taking place in 2002. The gathering is attended by senior defense ministry officials and security specialists from 27 countries in Asia, North America and Europe. (Yonhap)

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한,미,일 북한 대항 결속력 다지기로 

한국, 미국 그리고 일본은 북한의 도발을 억제하기 위해 더욱더 도합할 것을 약속했다.

국방부에 따르면 이와 같은 합의는 싱가폴에서 이틀간 열린 제 11차 아시아 국방 회담에서 도출 된 거으로 한국의 김관진 장관, 미국의 레온 파테나 그리고 일본의 슈 와타나베가 이끌어냈다.

"3자는 북한의 도발이 모든 국가들에게 위협이 되기 때문에 결속력을 다지는 것이 필요하다고 결론냈습니다," 국방부 관료가 말했다. 여기서 도발은 2010년 서해안에서의 군함 격침이나 연평도 포격과 같은 일을 의미하며, 이러한 상황들이 세계 안위에 커다란 위협이 된다고 했다.

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