S Korea, US, Japan defence chiefs meet over North’s nuclear threat

(From Straits Times)

The United States, South Korea, and Japan agreed on June 4 to step up trilateral cooperation to deal with North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, Seoul’s defense ministry said, according to Yonhap news agency.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter (center) meets with Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani (left) and South Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-koo during their trilateral meeting in Singapore

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter (center) meets with Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani (left) and South Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-koo during their trilateral meeting in Singapore

Japan and South Korea also agreed to expand an emergency communication system between their defense ministries, including adding a new direct line between defense ministers, Reuters reported.

The moves are seen as a response to recent provocations by North Korea. The isolated country led by Kim Jong-un conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and has followed it up with missile tests, defying fresh international sanctions imposed by the UN in March. Read More



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