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Weinberger off to Japan, S. Korea for defense talks

Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger left here Monday on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan to meet military and political leaders for talks on regional defense issues.

In Seoul, he is to attend the annual US-South Korean Security Consultative Meeting to review joint efforts to block aggression by North Korea.

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The United States has about 40,000 troops in South Korea, including an Army division equipped with antitank helicopters and long-range artillery and Air Force units equipped with advanced F-16 fighters and A-10 air-support bombers.

They back South Korea's 600,000-man armed forces, which are being modernized with US military aid.

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