March 25th, 2013
07:55 PM ET

U.S., South Korea sign defense treaty to deal with North Korea's provocations

The United States is lowering the threshold for American military involvement in a possible war with North Korea.

In the face of mounting threats from North Korea's young, untested dictator Kim Jong Un there are major changes.

U.S., S. Korea defense agreement

While the nearly 30,000 U.S. troops in South Korea are already obligated to defend the country in the event of an all-out war under the new plan, these troops could fight and directly respond to provocations from North Korea.

OutFront tonight: CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence,  Colonel Cedric Leighton and Gordon Chang, author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World."

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