Senior defense and foreign policy officials of South Korea and the United States held talks in Washington on Monday as the two allies seek to cope better with growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.
The Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue brought together Deputy Defense Minister Yoo Jeh-seung and Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear, along with Abraham Denmark, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, and Elaine Bunn, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear and missile defense policy.
Also in attendance for the two days of talks at the Pentagon set to conclude on Tuesday were Amb. Sung Kim, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and the South Korean foreign ministry’s director-general for North America, Yeo Seung-bae.
A Pentagon official confirmed the meeting started, but declined to discuss details.
But officials in Seoul have said that the talks would focus on fleshing out the so-called “4D” capabilities to detect, disrupt, destroy and defend against the North’s potential nuclear and missile attacks.