☷Readout of Phone Call Between Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III and ROK Minister of National Defense Suh Wook
U.S. Department of Defense ( By Press Release office)
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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J . Austin III held a phone call today with Republic of Korea ( ROK ) Minister of National Defense Suh Wook to discuss the security environment on the Korean peninsula . The two leaders strongly condemned yesterday’s ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ( DPRK ) , which they noted threatens the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the Indo - Pacific region . They committed to continued close cooperation to enhance the U . S . - ROK Alliance deterrence and defense posture . The Secretary reaffirmed the ironclad U . S . commitment to the defense of the ROK , leveraging the full range of U . S . military capabilities , to include extended deterrent capabilities . During the call , Secretary Austin also congratulated Minister Suh on his successful tenure as Minister of National Defense , noting that the Alliance has been strengthened under Suh’s leadership .
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