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S. Korea defense chief, USFK chief discuss N.K. projectiles

North Korea 18:34 May 06, 2019

SEOUL, May 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's defense chief on Monday held talks with U.S. Army Gen. Robert Abrams to discuss North Korea's firing of short-range projectiles last week, the defense ministry said.

Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo held an unofficial meeting with U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) Commander Robert Abrams at the ministry's headquarters in Seoul to share the information Seoul and Washington initially analyzed on several short-range projectiles that the North fired into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, a ministry official said.

They appear to have discussed measures to cooperate going forward in dealing with the North's latest provocations, he said over the phone.

South Korean and U.S. authorities are analyzing further details of projectiles that flew up to 200 kilometers before splashing into the sea, according to the ministry.

The North's weapon launches came amid its stalled denuclearization talks with the United States, and experts say the firings appear to have been aimed at putting pressure on the U.S. to come forward to reduce international sanctions on it.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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