National security staff head US delegation to South Korean president's inauguration

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“I would add to that that in his calls with Foreign Minister Kim [Sung-Hwan] of Korea and Foreign Minister [Fumio] Kishida of Japan,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday, “Secretary [of State John Kerry] reaffirmed our defense commitments to the R.O.K. and Japan, which, as you know, include the security provided by our extended deterrence commitments, including our nuclear umbrella and our conventional forces.”

The daughter of assassinated Korean strongman Park Chung-hee, Park Geun-hye was elected in December. She will be South Korea's first female president.