South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said Monday he and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis plan to use military….
uniforms for a joint warning message to North Korea this week, when they meet in South Korea for bilateral annual talks.
SONG: Proposed that Mattis wear a Marine Corps combat uniform, instead of a suit, in meeting with the allies’ troops on the peninsula together. The Pentagon chief is a retired Marine Corps general.
Song, a former Navy admiral and chief of staff, will be dressed in a Navy combat uniform as well.
the minister told reporters during a visit to Clark, the Philippines: “I offered that to Secretary of Defense Mattis and he responded positively without hesitation,”
SONG AND MATTIS: On Monday had a bilateral meeting and trilateral talks also involving Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on the margins of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting
Song said such a uniform event will send a highly symbolic but strong message to Pyongyang.
Regarding the plan for the uniform occasion, a defense ministry official later said, “The two sides are still in consultations on the matter. No final decision has been made yet.”
Mattis is scheduled to arrive in Seoul early Friday morning and soon after they will meet and Address South Korean and U.S. service members stationed there
UPDATE: Dana White, the Pentagon’s Press Secretary, said Thursday she was pretty sure Secretary Mattis will be in “suit and tie” while visiting the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea on his upcoming visit.
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