UK Defence Minister visits S. Korea

Maritime security high on the agenda. 

British defense minister visits Korea

By Kang Hyun-kyung

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on Friday paid tribute at the National War Memorial in Yongsan, Seoul to British soldiers killed during the Korean War. Britain was the second-largest overseas contributor of troops during the three-year civil war, in which 1,078 British servicemen died.

During the Seoul trip, Secretary Fallon met Defense Minister Han Min-koo. The Ministry of National Defense said the two sides discussed international and regional security and ways to cooperate on issues such as Ebola and counter-piracy operations.

Maritime safety of Korean vessels and sailors has been a key issue since mid-2000. Somali pirates seized several Korean vessels and sailors in the region. Some ships and crews were released after a ransom was paid.

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