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S. Korea, U.S, Japan defense chiefs to hold talks in Singapore

SEOUL — The defense chiefs of South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold talks in Singapore on Sunday on the sidelines of an annual security forum, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday.

 

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong Doo is expected to discuss with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and cooperation for permanent peace in the region, it added.

 

Jeong will deliver a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum on Saturday in which he will call on other countries to cooperate in easing tensions on the peninsula, according to the ministry.

 

The minister is also scheduled to hold talks with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in Seoul on Monday. Among the items on the agenda during the meeting are joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

 

From Japan, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya is expected to attend the forum.

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