South Korean, Chi­nese de­fence chiefs to meet in Fe­bru­ary

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SEOUL: De­fense min­is­ters from South Korea and China will hold talks in Bei­jing in Fe­bru­ary amid grow­ing re­gional ten­sion sparked by North Korea's nu­clear pro­grammes and hos­tile acts, South Korea's de­fense min­istry said on Sun­day.

"South Korea's De­fense Min­is­ter Kim Kwan-jin and his Chi­nese coun­ter­part Liang Guan­glie plan to meet in Bei­jing in Fe­bru­ary. De­tails of the meet­ing agenda have not been dis­cussed yet," a spokesper­son for South Korea's min­istry said.

Ten­sions have risen to their high­est in decades on the di­vided Korean penin­sula af­ter the North bom­barded a South Korean is­land last month, and re­vealed ma­jor ad­vances in its nu­clear pro­gramme.

North Korea on Thurs­day threat­ened a nu­clear "sa­cred war" and South Korea vowed a "mer­ci­less coun­ter­at­tack" against any fresh provo­ca­tions as both sides sharp­ened their rhetoric af­ter mil­i­tary ex­er­cises in the South. -Reuters

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