Seoul’s foreign and defense ministers said reaffirming U.S. extended deterrence will top the agenda when they meet their U.S. counterparts for their "two plus two" security talks later this week.
Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Defense Minister Han Min-koo spoke to reporters after laying flowers at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
[Sound bite: South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (Korean)]
“We will have an in-depth discussion on how to strengthen extended deterrence, which is a key element of the U.S.' pledge to defend South Korea.”
[Sound bite: South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo (Korean)]
“We will jointly assess North Korea’s threats and related situations and check the policies regarding coordinated measures against the North.”
Yun and Han will attend the "two plus two meeting" with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter slated for Wednesday.
Extended deterrence refers to a set of deterrence measures the U.S. provides for its allies against a nuclear threat. It involves a nuclear umbrella and a missile defense system as well as conventional weapons.
Apart from the "two plus two" meeting, Han will separately attend the annual South Korea-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting(SCM) at the Pentagon on Thursday.