SEOUL, South Korea | The top military leaders from the United States and South Korea have begun talks on the Korean peninsula's security worries following a deadly North Korean artillery strike last month.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Han Min-koo, is meeting with his American counterpart, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen. Mullen and Han are their militaries' top uniformed officers.
The two are expected to discuss ways to deter future North Korean aggression.
The meeting comes amid tensions that have erupted on the divided peninsula after North Korea's Nov. 23 artillery barrage on a South Korean island near their disputed western sea border. The attack killed two South Korean marines and two civilians.