The North Korea threat may have been ratcheted down a notch with the U.S. and South Korea signing a pact to deter the use of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction, NBC News reported on Oct. 2.
The North Korea threat, which has been ongoing for months now but recently increased, prompted the pact between the two main targets, the U.S. and South Korea.
After a meeting in Seoul to discuss the North Korea threat, the defense chiefs of the U.S. and South Korea also agreed to review the timing for South Korea to take back wartime command of its forces from the U.S., the allies said in a statement.
The U.S. has 28,500 troops in South Korea to help defend against possible attacks from the North, it was reported in the Stars and Stripes. The U.S. was granted wartime command of South Korean forces at the onset of the Korean War and was set to return control to the South Koreans in December 2015.
But in the face of the North Korea threat, South Korean leader Kim Kwan-jin doesn’t think that the timing is good to regain command.
Few other details were released about the pact intended to thwart the North Korea threat. At a news conference, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the North Korea threat is particularly concerning because of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, its chemical weapons and its proliferation activities.
The U.S. and South Korea signed a “bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence” against the North Korea threat but didn’t provide specifics.
North Korea conducted its third nuclear test in February, heightening concerns over the North Korea threat.