US Defence Chief Adds South Korea To China, Japan Trip

28 Dec

WASHINGTON – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates will make a brief stop in Seoul when he travels next month to China and Japan, the Pentagon said Monday.

“Secretary Gates has added a brief stop in the Republic of Korea to his upcoming trip to Asia,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said in a statement.

Morrell said that after visiting China and Japan, Gates would meet with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul on January 14, for talks centered on recent events in North Korea.

“They will discuss North Korea's recent actions and consult on the way forward for the alliance to address the threats posed by North Korean provocations and its nuclear and missile programs,” Morrell said.

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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