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US, SKorea warn against North Korean aggression
US, South Korean defense chiefs warn North Korean aggression won't be tolerated
By The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ' The U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs are warning North Korea that further aggression won't be tolerated, following two deadly incidents last year. And they pledged to jointly develop more effective means of responding to future provocations by the North.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, told a news conference in South Korea that they also have decided to increase "combined watch activities" in advance of an international summit planned for Seoul next spring. They did not elaborate, but the statement appeared to mean they would boost intelligence-gathering and surveillance.

The two sides issued a joint statement reaffirming their solidarity and vigilance against a potential attack by the North.

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