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US Security Adviser Begins South Korea Talks

Defence issues, including North Korea and an incident involving a Russian jet, are expected to be discussed.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has met with South Korean officials to discuss defence issues in the region (Picture: PA).

Talks are expected to focus on the denuclearisation of North Korea and also an incident involving a Russian military aircraft twice entering South Korean airspace.

South Korea's trade dispute with Japan is also believed to be on the agenda. 

After landing in South Korea, Mr Bolton tweeted he was "looking forward to productive meetings with the leadership of our important ally and partner so vital to Indo-Pacific security and prosperity".

Mr Bolton will later meet the head of South Korea's National Security Office, as well as defence and foreign ministers. 

His arrival comes a day after South Korean fighter jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots at a Russian aircraft after it entered the country's airspace, the country's defence ministry said. 

The jet fled, only to return three minutes later, according to an official.

South Korea said three Russian jets had earlier been identified as flying through its air defence identification zone, alongside two Chinese bombers.

Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K (Picture: US Department of Defense).
South Korean fighter jets, including the F-15K (above) responded to the Russian aircraft (Picture: US Department of Defense).

It is believed to be the first Chinese-Russian military air patrol in Asia. 

South Korea has since said a Russian military official expressed "deep regret" over the incident and blamed it on a technical glitch. 

Meanwhile, denuclearisation talks between North Korea and the US stalled after an unsuccessful summit between the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February. 

On Tuesday, North Korean state media released images of Mr Kim inspecting a new submarine which sparked concerns the North has failed to give up its ballistic missile and nuclear programme.