At DMZ, Hagel says North Korea watching Syria weapons developments

Hagel told reporters that the United States has no plans to reduce its military presence in North Korea, despite the budget cuts facing the Pentagon.

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“There is no margin for error up here,” Hagel said, according to the AP. “This is probably the only place in the world that we have always a risk of confrontation. Where the two sides are looking clearly and directly at each other all the time.”

Hagel is in South Korea to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea defense treaty. He will be traveling to Japan along with Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with their counterparts.

On Monday afternoon, Hagel met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey, according to a Pentagon readout of the meeting.