U.S., South Korea sign ‘tailored deterrence’ pact aimed at North Korea

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin at the 45th Security Consultative meeting in Seoul on Oct. 2.  /AP

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin at the 45th Security Consultative meeting in Seoul on Oct. 2. /AP

With the imminent coming of the transfer of wartime command control of their combined armed forces from the U.S. to South Korea, the defense chiefs of the two allies signed a strategic pact on Oct. 2 to guarantee a “tailored deterrence” against North Korea’s use of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction, including an estimated 5,000 tons of chemical weapons. “Tailored deterrence” means that when North Korea is found to show signs of using its nuclear weapons, the combined forces of the U.S. and South Korea will launch a pre-emptive strike to knock out the North’s offensive nuclear weapons.

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