The Pentagon said a joint anti-submarine exercise announced earlier on Monday by South Korea would take place "in the near future" and added that talks were also underway about maritime interdiction drills.
The moves are part of the response to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, killing 46 sailors. South Korea and the United States blame the incident on a North Korean torpedo attack.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman added there had been no decision to change the scheduled transfer of wartime command of South Korea's troops to Seoul in 2012.
Under the current deal, a legacy of U.S. involvement in the 1950-53 Korean War, the South's soldiers would be under command of U.S. forces if there is a war on the peninsula.
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