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N Korea at crossroads

South Korea to boost defense capacity to counter North Korean threat

Defense Minister urges Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapon and missile programs

South Korea Defense Minister Lee Jong-Sup speaks at a plenary session during the 19th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defence and security forum in Singapore.   © AP

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup said on Sunday that his country would enhance its defense capabilities and work closely with the United States and Japan to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat.

Lee, speaking at an Asian security meeting in Singapore, said the situation on the Korean Peninsula posed a global threat and he urged North Korea to immediately end its nuclear weapon and missile programs.

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