South Korea, U.S. discuss 'all possible scenarios' on North KoreaUpdated: 2013-12-18 (KST)
In light of the sudden removal of North Korea's former number-two man, Jang Song-thaek, South Korea and the U.S. held a high-level meeting Tuesday in Washington to formulate responses to all possible scenarios that could emerge in the North.
South Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun and U.S. Deputy Secretary of William Burns vowed to enhance joint defense preparation to better prepare for the possibility of North Korea's provocations.
They also agreed that the instability in North Korea could encourage the leadership to launch a provocation at some point in the near future to solidify its power base.
The South Korean official said Seoul will maintain its current defense status to deter Pyongyang, but stressed that, when necessary, South Korea was ready to take additional measures.
Kim also highlighted the Seoul-Washington alliance and Seoul-Tokyo ties as the key factors that ensure peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
In terms of diplomacy and security on the Korean Peninsula, the two Koreas, U.S., China, Japan and Russia play key roles and are also the members of the long-stalled six party talks aimed at denuclearizing North Korea.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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