Defense chiefs of South Korea, U.S. hold talks in Hawaii

한미 국방장관, 하와이서 국방장관회담 개최
South Korea and the United States have wrapped up their latest round of high-level defense talks.
No details have been released yet, but it's thought they discussed the upcoming Olympic Games in South Korea as well as their military alliance.
Oh Jung-hee has more.
The defense chiefs and high-level officials of South Korea and the United States sat down for talks in Hawaii on Friday afternoon, local time.
According to Seoul's Defense Ministry,... South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis... discussed the peaceful hosting of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics... and the Seoul-Washington alliance.
Issues like the transfer of wartime operational control are also expected to have been covered.
The talks come just three months after the two defense chiefs met last October.
Seoul's Defense Ministry says Song and Mattis agreed during a phone conversation earlier this month to meet face-to-face as often as possible.

Ahead of the talks,... Mattis told reporters that there's an "absolute trust" between South Korea and the U.S.
Mentioning the meeting he would hold his South Korean counterpart, Mattis stressed that the two allies have been continuing transparent communication on a daily basis.
He also highlighted that military options against North Korea are always on the table, though they're to back diplomatic solutions.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.


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