Japan, S. Korea Arranging Meeting of Defense Ministers

Politics

Tokyo, May 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan and South Korea are arranging a meeting of their defense ministers in Singapore for June, informed sources said Thursday.

It would be the first such meeting between the Asian neighbors since the December 2018 incident in which a South Korean warship allegedly directed its fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane.

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya is expected to visit Singapore from June 1 to attend the Asia Security Summit between May 31 and June 2.

Tokyo and Seoul are arranging a meeting between Iwaya and his South Korean counterpart, Jeong Kyeong-doo, on the sidelines of the security meeting, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. The two ministers last met in October 2018.

North Korea fired projectiles repeatedly after a summit between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump ended in failure in February this year.

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