U.S. envoy Biegun meets Seoul’s top security adviser to discuss North Korea
UNTV News • July 9, 2020 • 345
United States Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun held a meeting with South Korea’s top security adviser on Thursday (July 9) before heading off to Japan in a trip overshadowed by stalled denuclearisation talks with North Korea.
According to Seoul’s presidential office, Biegun met with Suh Hoon, a former spy chief, and discussed the North’s recent movement and ways to foster peace on the Korean peninsula. Suh said he “highly appreciated” the U.S. envoy’s efforts to resume talks with North Korea.
North Korea has said it has no intention of sitting down again with the United States, though U.S. President Donald Trump said this week he would be open to another summit with leader Kim Jong Un. (Reuters)
MANILA, Philippines – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday expressed his department’s intention to acquire helicopters from South Korea.
In a statement, Lorenzana said the DND is looking to acquire South Korean UH-1H and MD500 helicopters.
He, however, said the acquisition project is still in the “exploratory stage.”
Its details, including the timeline and quantity of the assets to be acquired, have yet to be finalized, he added.
In a congratulatory letter to newly-appointed Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Suh Wook, Lorenzana also bared DND’s plan to conduct a Joint Visual Inspection (JVI) in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The team will be composed of representatives from the DND and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Lorenzana assured that the JVI will be conducted following strict biosafety protocols amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Trump confirmed their health situation on his twitter account where he also announced they will immediately begin a quarantine and recovery process.
The president’s physician in a statement said the president and the first lady are both well at this time but did not confirm if the two are experiencing symptoms. He added that the first couple will remain in isolation at the White House. AAC
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