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

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 -
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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 defence ministry official did not have immediate comment.

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

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