U.S. Defense Secretary Meets South Korean Defense Minister

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Seoul on Friday as part of his Asian tour. He met with South Korea's Defense Minister to discuss the U.S.-South Korea military alliance and tensions on the Korean peninsula.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin on Friday in Seoul. Topping their agenda... the U.S.-South Korea military alliance and North Korean matters.

[Robert Gates, U.S. Defense Secretary]:
"In our meeting, I expect to discuss ROK (Republic of Korea)-U.S. military coordination and consultation in order to deter (North Korea's) future provocations."

Gates says it is possible that six-party talks with North Korea could resume.

[Robert Gates, U.S. Defense Secretary]:
"When or if North Korea's action shall cause to believe that negotiations can be productive and conducted in good faith, then we can see a return to six party talks."

Gates arrived in Seoul on Friday on the third leg of his North Asian tour after Beijing and Tokyo.

Before the meeting, a small group of anti-war activists staged a rally in front of the defense ministry against military alliance between Washington, Tokyo and Seoul.

[You Young-jae, Protest Leader]:
"America should not put more military pressure on North Korea. Each side can try to attain its objectives through dialogue and negotiation."

After the talks, Gates paid a courtesy call on South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

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