The defense American minister, James Mattis, arrived on Thursday in a two-day visit to South Korea.
This is his first official visit abroad since taking over the office, that occurred about two weeks ago.
The visit aims to show the importance of US’ commitment to the security issued related to its Asian ally, in the context of the growing threats coming from North Korea.
According to the South Korean Defense Ministry, Mattis first headed to the headquarters of U.S. Forces Korea in Seoul after his plane landed at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, just 70 km south of the capital city.
Mattis had a short meeting with the USFK commander, Vincent K. Brooks, the leader in security issues in the Korean Peninsula.
Together, they discussed several important issues, including the recent threats from Pyongyang, which declared itself close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US territory, according to the military officials.
After meeting Brooks, the US Secretary will attend a dinner hosted by the South Korean Minister of Defence, Han Min-Koo, at a hotel in Seoul.
The event will take place immediately after Mattis’ meetings with the Prime Minister and the interim President, Hwang Kyo-Ahn, and the head of the National Security Bureau, Kim Kwan-jin.
On Friday, Mattis will have separate meetings with his counterpart Han Min-Koo at the South Korean Defense Ministry’s headquarter. He will also meet Byung Yung, the leader of the diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry headquarters.
The next step of the American official in Asia will be set in Japan.