US defense secretary meets South Korean leaders
U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper has arrived in South Korea for his two-day trip to Seoul.
On Friday he meets South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo for talks on the military alliance between the two countries.
The U.S. defense chief is also scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in about the trade dispute between the two Asia-Pacific nations.
Esper is greeted with a military welcome ceremony before the two defense chiefs sit down for talks concerning North Korea.
[Mark Esper, U.S. Secretary of Defense]:
"As President Trump has made clear, the United States is willing to engage diplomatically with North Korea to make progress on all commitments made in the Singapore joint statement to achieve those ends."
He reiterates the U.S.’s stance with North Korea, during his meeting with Kyeong-doo and officials.
Esper is scheduled to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in later on Friday. His visit to Seoul has come as South Korea hopes to seek the U.S.’s help to resolve its trade dispute with Japan.
Japan has recently downgraded South Korea's trade status. South Korea has responded threatening to terminate a controversial bilateral agreement on sharing military intelligence.