November 15, 2019 / 5:10 AM / a month ago

South Korea, U.S. defence chiefs reaffirm commitment to defend against North Korea

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) clasps hands with South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo (R) before their meeting on November 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Kim Min-hee/Pool via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - The defence chiefs of South Korea and the United States reaffirmed on Friday U.S. commitment for the defence of South Korea against North Korea and efforts to denuclearise the North, the South’s Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said.

Jeong said he and U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper shared the view that a cost-sharing pact for U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, which is now being negotiated, should be fair and mutually agreeable.

Reporting by Joyce Lee and Jack Kim; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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