Pentagon chief to take in Singapore, Europe next week
Published on May 24, 2014 6:30 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will embark on Wednesday on a 12-day trip that will take in Singapore before heading to Europe for talks with NATO allies.
The tour will begin with a brief stop at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, where the US defence secretary will receive briefings on missile defence, his office said.
Two dozen GBI interceptors are deployed in Alaska to deal with the ballistic threat from North Korea in particular.
Hagel will then travel to Singapore to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue, a major annual forum dedicated to the security of the Asia-Pacific region, which runs from May 30 to June 1.
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