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Esper says U.S. will seek Japan’s efforts to resolve GSOMIA issue: Cheong Wa Dae

Esper says U.S. will seek Japan’s efforts to resolve GSOMIA issue: Cheong Wa Dae

Seoul: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday he will try to persuade Japan to “smoothly” resolve the dispute over the two neighbors’ military information-sharing arrangement, according to the presidential office. During a 50-minute meeting with Esper at Cheong Wa Dae, Moon explained his government’s basic position that it’s […]

Pentagon chief calls for renewal of Seoul-Tokyo intel-sharing pact

Pentagon chief calls for renewal of Seoul-Tokyo intel-sharing pact

Seoul: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged South Korea and Japan on Friday to work together to renew their expiring military information-sharing pact, saying its termination will only benefit North Korea and China. Esper made the call during a joint press conference with South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo after holding their annual Security Consultative […]

U.S. defense secretary open to altering military activity in South Korea

U.S. defense secretary open to altering military activity in South Korea

Washington: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he is open to altering military activity in South Korea if it helps diplomatic efforts to denuclearize North Korea. Esper made the remark to reporters flying with him to Seoul, where he is due to hold annual defense talks with Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo. “We will adjust […]

U.S. ratchets up pressure on South Korea to jack up share of defense costs

U.S. ratchets up pressure on South Korea to jack up share of defense costs

Seoul: The United States is ramping up pressure on South Korea to sharply increase Seoul’s share of the expenses for stationing American troops here, apparently with an eye to expanding the scope of their cost-sharing deal to cover activities outside the peninsula. This week, James DeHart, the top U.S. negotiator in the allies’ defense cost-sharing […]

Moon, Saudi crown prince discuss global response to attack on oil facilities

Moon, Saudi crown prince discuss global response to attack on oil facilities

Seoul: The leaders of South Korea and Saudi Arabia agreed Wednesday to strengthen partnerships in the fight against terrorist acts, such as the recent drone attack on oil facilities in the Middle Eastern nation. In phone talks, President Moon Jae-in and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also emphasized the importance of a unified response to […]

Mongolia, U.S. agree to enhance defense cooperation

Mongolia, U.S. agree to enhance defense cooperation

  Ulaanbaatar: United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Mongolia’s Minister of Defense Nyamaagiin Enkhbold have discussed the participation of Mongolia in peacekeeping operations and defense cooperation between Mongolia and the U.S., the official state agency has said. The Mongolian side noted that the US is a country of top priority in terms of […]

S. Korea, U.S. agree to discuss defense cost sharing in ‘reasonable, fair’ way

S. Korea, U.S. agree to discuss defense cost sharing in ‘reasonable, fair’ way

South Korea and the United States have agreed to conduct discussions in a “reasonable and fair” way on how to share the cost for the upkeep of American troops here, a foreign ministry official here said Tuesday. The two sides talked about the upcoming negotiations over Seoul’s share of the cost for the stationing of […]

China releases white paper on national defense in new era

China releases white paper on national defense in new era

The State Council Information Office of China issued a white paper titled “China’s National Defense in the New Era” on July 24. It is the 10th white paper on national defense the Chinese government has issued since 1998 and the first comprehensive one since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in […]

Russia and Armenia sign combined forces agreement

Russia and Armenia sign combined forces agreement

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Armenian counterpart Vigen Sargsyan signed an agreement on establishing combined forces. Armenian Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan said the group would include Russia’s military base in Armenia, as well as units of the Armenian armed forces, Sputnik reports. The Defense ministers also signed a cooperation plan for 2017. On […]

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