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S. Korean, US defense officials agree to strengthen cooperation over peninsula peace

By Yonhap
  • Published : Jun 25, 2018 - 17:04
  • Updated : Jun 25, 2018 - 17:09

Top defense officials of South Korea and the United States agreed Monday to strengthen cooperation in facilitating ongoing diplomacy to achieve the denuclearization of the peninsula, Seoul's defense ministry said.

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo held talks with Adm. Philip Davidson, the commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, in Seoul amid a flurry of the allies' talks with the communist state aimed at Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament.

"Minister Song and Adm. Davidson shared the view that close consultations between South Korea and the US are more important than at any other time, as this year marks a significant point for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of a peace regime," the ministry said in a press release.

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo (right) holds talks with Adm. Philip Davidson, the commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, at his ministry building in Seoul on June 25, 2018. (Yonhap)
"And (the two sides) agreed to reinforce communication and cooperation between the military authorities of the South and the US," it added.

During the talks, Song also expressed his gratitude to the US commander for the sacrifices that American troops made during the 1950-53 Korean War. Monday marked the 68th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict. (Yonhap)