August 9, 2019 / 9:48 AM / 8 days ago

U.S. asks South Korea to send troops to Strait of Hormuz - Yonhap

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper walks with South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo as his arrives at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, August 9, 2019. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked South Korea to send troops to join a U.S.-led maritime force in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran, Yonhap news agency said on Friday.

Esper made the request during a meeting with Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in South Korea, it added.

Jeong told Esper Seoul was considering various options, since South Korean people and vessels are also using the strait.

A South Korean defense ministry official did not have immediate comment.

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Joyce Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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