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North Korea's nuclear program became one of the main topics of the talks between the United States and South Korea in Seoul

Today, B. Obama’s official visit to South Korea ends.
To make an Asian tour, Obama forced the strengthening of China's position in the region, many experts are sure. Seoul, in his schedule of trips, the US president singled out two days. The first was devoted, mainly, to political issues. The US leader met with South Korean President Pak Kun Hye.

The nuclear program of the DPRK has become one of the main topics of their negotiations. Obama pointed out that North Korea is a direct threat not only for the Asian region, but also for the United States. If Pyongyang conducts its next nuclear tests, America will respond with new sanctions, Obama said. Obama's visit to Seoul is taking place against the backdrop of North Korea’s threats about the possibility of conducting the fourth nuclear test in the country's history. The American president did not rule out that another test would raise the issue of new sanctions against North Korea.

President Barack Obama said today that the United States "will not hesitate to use military force" against the DPRK to protect its allies, the AP news agency reported.

"The US commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea is only strengthened in the face of aggression. We will not hesitate to use our military power to protect our allies and our way of life," Obama said in a speech to 28 US troops based in the Korea.

Seoul, it seems, was able to get from Washington what he wanted for a long time. As a result of the consultations, it became clear that the United States had ceded to Korea and decided to postpone the transfer of the Korean command to the Koreans by the troops of Korea and the United States on the peninsula in the event of war. Let us clarify that so far, according to the agreements, in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, the command of the Korean troops and the US contingent in the region automatically passes to the Americans. When President Roh Moo-hyun was in power in Korea, Seoul began to insist on greater independence, demanding that control be restored to the troops in the event of war. The US eventually agreed, but then the conservatives who came to power in Korea changed their minds, believing that they were not ready to control their own troops in the event of a war against the DPRK. As a result, the transfer of command was first postponed to the end of 2012, then to the end of 2015. Now it is decided that the moment will be moved further away. The new date of transfer of command is not called, but 2020 began to circulate in the media as a new term. Most actively for the Americans to remain commanders in case of war with North Korea, were spoken by representatives of the Ministry of Defense of South Korea. They were seriously concerned about the success of the DPRK in terms of missile and nuclear programs.

The heads of the United States and South Korea agreed to continue cooperation not only in the area of ​​security, but also in the field of bilateral trade. The economic partnership will be discussed at today's meeting of the US President with representatives of local business circles, in which businessmen from America will also take part.

After a visit to South Korea, Obama will travel to Malaysia and the Philippines.

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