Carter emphasizes South Korea support, visits buffer zone

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min Koo, second from right, look towards North Korea at an observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Carter called on North Korea to shrink and eventually eliminate its nuclear weapons program, while acknowledging during a visit Sunday to the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas that prospects for reconciling with the defiant North are dim. (Korea Pool Photo via AP) KOREA OUTPANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on North Korea to shrink and eventually eliminate its nuclear weapons program, while acknowledging during a visit Sunday to the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas that prospects for reconciling with the defiant North are dim.

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