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Obama To Military: Prepare For North Korea Aggression

President Barack Obama has directed the US military to coordinate with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and deter future aggression from North Korea, the White House said on Monday.  The United States gave strong backing
PTI May 24, 2010 14:47 IST
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President Barack Obama has directed the US military to coordinate with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and deter future aggression from North Korea, the White House said on Monday.  

The United States gave strong backing to plans by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to punish North Korea for sinking one of its naval ships, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.  

The White House urged North Korea to apologize and change its behavior, he said.  

"We endorse President Lee's demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent and threatening behavior," Gibbs said.  

"US support for South Korea's defense is unequivocal, and the president has directed his military commanders to coordinate closely with their Republic of Korea counterparts to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression," he said.  

Obama and Lee have agreed to meet at the G20 summit in Canada next month, he said.  

Late last week, a team of international investigators accused North Korea of torpedoing the Cheonan corvette in March, killing 46 sailors in one of the deadliest clashes between the two since the 1950-53 Korean War.  

Lee said on Monday South Korea would bring the issue before the UN, whose past sanctions have damaged the already ruined North Korean economy. PTI