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Pentagon chief vows to deploy 'best' US weaponry to Asia

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter (L) shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Han Min Koo after a joint news conference at the Defense Ministry in Seoul on April 10, 2015Defence Secretary Ashton Carter promised Friday that the US would deploy state of the art weaponry in Asia, including the latest stealth bombers and cyber warfare units, to counter threats posed by the likes of North Korea. “Our newest and best things are being deployed to this part of the world,” Carter said in Seoul — the second leg of a visit to the two key US military allies in the region, Japan and South Korea. The Pentagon chief said his talks with South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-Koo had included a “candid assessment” of the threat posed to the Korean peninsula — “and the US homeland” — by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme.

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