Countries sign mutual defense treaty
(NEWSER) – It's official: If North Korea provokes the South, the US is now obligated to help Seoul respond. The military today announced Friday's signing of a mutual defense treaty that the two countries have been working on since the North fired on a South Korean island in 2010, theNew York Times reports. The agreement requires the US military to, in the Times' words, "fight to defend" South Korea should the Korean Peninsula become a war zone, and outlines a variety of potential North Korean moves along with the allies' planned responses.
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