He and South Korean Defense Minister Friday he expects more provocations from North Korea in 2012, during a session with his American counterpart.
“The following year, I think that the possibility of North Korea’s additional provocations … are very high,” he said Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told reporters at a joint news conference with US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
The system is planned for that, for the celebration of a national year in 2012, North Korea is to receive a “strong and prosperous”, as well as to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the communist state. The current system is running his son Kim Jong Il.
This event, along with the current of Kim Jong Il’s transition to his son Kim Jong-un, is why the Minister of Defense of South Korea is worried about more than North Korea’s problems in the new year.
A senior official said the US Department of Defense Panetta was “concerned that the threats from North Korea will be high in the coming year.”
The news conference on Friday, the final event of Panetta’s week-long tour in Asia also led him to Indonesia and Japan.
While the promise of the US military will remain committed to all three countries and Asia in general, in South Korea that he set forth specific steps for how the United States can prove its commitment.
In a joint statement issued on Friday, Panetta and Kim “they decided to increase the activities hour combined with the situation in North Korea.”
He said Kim helped cooperation between the United States earlier deter North Korea from the organization of the actions of the most provocative.
“We evaluated Crown Panetta that bilateral response measures since the sinking of the Cheonan, North Korea and artillery shelling on the island and deported Yeongpan successfully further provocations by North Korea,” Kim.
Panetta said the biggest threat from North Korea is weapons of mass destruction.
“North Korea continues to defy the international community as it enhances its nuclear weapons and missile programs and continue to engage in dangerous and destabilizing proliferation of nuclear weapons activities.”
Developments come in the wake of a rare meeting this week between North Korea and the United States in Geneva on the regime’s nuclear program. He expressed skepticism on Thursday about the possibility of the success of those meetings.
Friday he developed what Washington expects from the North Koreans.
“Nuclear disarmament means that they have to stop testing, they have to stop developing weapons, they have to stop uranium in violation of international norms and requirements, and they must allow the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] to go and inspect those facilities.”
Even nuclear problem continues to simmer, a new threat is emerging – cyber security.
Panetta said you can not ignore this threat.
“This is a whole new arena of threats that we have to confront,” Panetta said. “It’s a future weapon in the battlefield in the future, which is why we want to take steps to make sure been dealing with this threat.”
Panetta left the United States after his meeting in Seoul, where, on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry official confirmed, he will meet with members of the House of Representatives to discuss the security situation in Asia as well as the rest of the world, including Iraq, Libya and even Uganda.