Pentagon chief heads to Asia-Pacific for ministerial meetings

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel waves as he boards aeroplane bound for Tokyo on October 2, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea
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US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel waves as he boards aeroplane bound for Tokyo on October 2, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to the travelling press about the U.S. government shutdown, at his hotel, on October 1, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Hagel is expected to spend time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin - Pool/Getty Images)
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South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, right, points out a location in North Korea to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, from Observation Point Ouellette during a tour of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the military border separating the two Koreas, on September 30, 2013 in Panmunjom, South Korea. Hagel is expected to spend time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, are handed bouquets of flowers while participating in a "wreath laying" ceremony at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery on October 3, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Hagel spent time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, seventh from left, with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, eighth from left, attends a "2+2 Meeting" with their Japanese counterparts Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, eighth from right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, seventh from right, Iikura Guest House on October 3, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Hagel spent time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
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Korean Deputy Defense Minister Lim Kwan bin, center left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, on his arrival September 29, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Hagel is expected to spend four days in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)]
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, attend a "2+2" meeting with their Japanese counterparts at Iikura Guest House on October 3, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Hagel spent time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L), and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, shake hands for a photograph at the 45th Security Consultative Meeting at Defense Ministry on October 2, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Hagel is spending time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greet each other before attending a wreath laying ceremony at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery on October 3, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Hagel spent time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
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Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (L), and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) review an honor guard at Defense Ministry on October 3, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Hagel spent time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan-Jin (R) attend at the 45th Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) at Defense Ministry on October 2, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea alliance. (Photo by Song Kyung-Seok-pool/Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, arrive for a news conference at the Ministry of National Defense on October 2, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Hagel is spending time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)
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(L-R) Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, and Gen. Jung Seung-jo, chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, attend an honor guard ceremony at Defense Ministry on October 2, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Hagel is spending time in South Korea for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War before heading to Japan for ministerial meetings. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images)