WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter met with South Korea’s National Security Advisor Director Kim Kwan-jin in Seoul to reaffirm the U.S.-South Korea alliance, according to a Defense Department statement issued April 10.

This was Carter’s first trip to the Asia-Pacific region as defense secretary. Carter and Kim discussed the importance of their countries’ relationship in deterring North Korea’s nuclear, weapons of mass destruction, and ballistic missile threats, the release said.

The two leaders also discussed how those threats continue to put the Korean Peninsula’s stability and security at risk and how the U.S-South Korea alliance is a linchpin of the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, according to the release.