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U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs meet in Seoul

3 June 2019

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary, Patrick Shanahan, held a meeting with South Korean Defense Minister, Jeong Kyeong-doo, on Monday in Seoul, amid continuing tensions with North Korea. Shanahan said the only acceptable end state is the complete, verified denuclearization of the peninsula, adding that they stand firmly committed to enforcement of all United Nations sanctions against North Korea until they comply with international obligation.

A February summit in Vietnam's capital Hanoi, the second between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, failed to reach a deal because of conflicts over U.S. calls for complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and North Korean demands for sanctions relief. In May, North Korean test fired several rockets and missiles, including guided missiles that experts said could be used to penetrate South Korean and U.S. defenses.