The meeting Wednesday comes weeks after the North’s most powerful nuclear test explosion to date, and days after its failed test launch of a ballistic missile.
On the agenda is how to strengthen the so-called “extended deterrence” provided by U.S. nuclear forces in defending South Korea. Seoul is looking to allay calls from conservatives at home who want South Korea to develop its own nuclear arsenal.
The talks are between Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Ash Carter, and their South Korean counterparts Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Defence Minister Han Min-koo.
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