DefSec James Mattis to the Front Line in Asia. @DeanCheng @GordonGChang.

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DefSec James Mattis to the Front Line in Asia. @DeanCheng @GordonGChang.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to make his first overseas visit to South Korea and Japan in February, a sign that North Korea's provocations are a top priority for the new administration of President Donald Trump, according to Yonhap news agency. The visit is unusual given that it marks a departure from protocol. In U.S.-South Korea relations, the first meeting after a new government comes to power in either country has typically involved the top diplomats from the U.S. State Department and Seoul's foreign ministry, followed by a summit between the leaders of the two countries. Talks between top defense officials then follow the two meetings, as it was the case in 2013, when South Korean President Park Geun-hye was elected to office, according to Yonhap. But political circumstances in the two countries have prevented a more customary approach to the meetings. Park is waiting a final decision on an impeachment from Korea's constitutional court, and a confirmation on the new U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, had been slightly delayed.

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