facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.S., S. Korea review regional security

Oct. 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM   |   Comments

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. and South Korean governments said a common approach is needed to stabilize the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrived in Seoul this week as part of a state visit to Asian countries. He met Tuesday with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Ho-young to discuss territorial and nuclear concerns in the region.

Japan had laid claim to islets of Dokdo, about 1,000 miles south of Tokyo. Seoul issued its objection to Japanese claims over the islets, describing Tokyo's claims as "sinister."

A South Korean Foreign Ministry official present during talks in Seoul spoke on condition of anonymity to the country's Yonhap News Agency, saying Burns listened "carefully" to Ahn's position on the territorial dispute.

Tokyo this week hosts delegates from Seoul and the United States to discuss nuclear concerns on the Korean Peninsula.

The South Korean official said Burns and Ahn discussed ways of maintaining security in the region ahead of the trilateral talks in Tokyo.

"The two countries agreed to maintain common approaches to the North and give consistent messages to it to prevent its possible provocation at a time of leadership changes," he said.

North Korea was suspected of preparing for a nuclear test early this year.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Federal judge strikes down polygamy ban in Utah
2
Ukraine: Troop movements will no longer be publicized after Russian attacks
3
Body found, confirmed to be missing N.J. man Aaron Sofer [UPDATED]
4
Search expands for pilot of crashed U.S. military jet in rural Virginia
5
Islamic State claims mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback