Seoul : US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday arrived in South Korea on a two-day visit and reaffirmed the allies would push ahead with the plan to deploy an advanced American missile defence system to the Korean Peninsula to counter growing military threats from North Korea.

After landing at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 km south of Seoul, Mattis headed to the US Forces Korea (USFK) headquarters in Yongsan, Seoul, according to the Defence Ministry.

He was briefed by US Forces Korea (USFK) Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks on the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, Yonhap news agency reported.

Mattis then met Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn and National Security Office chief Kim Kwan-jin and attended a dinner hosted by Defence Minister Han Min-koo.

During their talks, Kim and Mattis reiterated that the allies will strongly respond to Pyongyang’s future provocations based on their “watertight” security cooperation, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

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