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American Forces Press Service

Carter Visits South Korea, Last Stop on Asia-Pacific Tour

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

SEOUL, South Korea, July 25, 2012 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter arrived here today for the last leg of his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour.

Tomorrow, Carter will meet with senior U.S. military commanders and diplomats, including Ambassador Sung Kim.

He will also attend meetings with South Korea’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Kim Sung-hwan, National Security Advisor Chun Yung-woo, and Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin.

Carter then will visit Camp Humphreys, where he will tour the installation and receive a briefing on its transformation. By agreement between the U.S and South Korean governments, Camp Humphreys will be the new base for some 17,000 U.S. service members, civilian employees and their families now based at Yongsang Garrison, located on Seoul Air Base. The South Korean government is the final authority on decisions relating to the move.

The deputy secretary will visit and speak with U.S. troops during his visit to Camp Humphreys.

Carter left India this morning, after meeting with Indian defense industry leaders in Hyderabad and delivering a speech on U.S.-India defense cooperation. The deputy secretary has also visited Hawaii, Guam, Japan and Thailand.

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