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(LEAD) Defense minister meets U.S. special operations command chief

All Headlines 14:10 June 07, 2019

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SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) -- Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo met with the visiting commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) on Friday and discussed ways to boost a combined readiness posture and the bilateral alliance, the Seoul ministry said.

During his meeting with Gen. Richard Clarke in Seoul, Jeong said that the close cooperation between the special operations commands of the two countries has contributed to their staunch readiness posture, and he asked for continued support from the U.S. for ongoing diplomacy to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and permanent peace.

Noting that his visit to South Korea helped him reaffirm the strong bilateral alliance and the joint defense posture, the U.S. general vowed to make the utmost efforts to further enhance the close partnership between the special operations commands of the two nations, according to the ministry.

No further details of Clarke's visit to South Korea have been made available.

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo (R) speaks with Gen. Richard Clarke (L), commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, in Seoul on June 7, 2019, in this photo released by the ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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