US and South Korean defense ministers hold talks in Washington next Monday

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South Korean and US defense ministers will hold talks in Washington on Monday to discuss the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and outstanding issues including the two countries’ plans for joint military exercises, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Friday..

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will meet on April 1 for their first direct talks since Shanahan took office last January, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported..

The two sides are expected to discuss the security situation following the failure of the Hanoi summit last month between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The summit ended without any agreement.

South Korean President Mon Jae-in will travel to the United States on April 10 at the invitation of Trump to hold a summit meeting in Washington on April 11.