Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked South Korea to send troops to join a US-led
maritime force in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran, Yonhap news
agency said on Friday.
Esper made the request during a meeting with Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in South Korea, it added.
Jeong told Esper Seoul was considering various options, since South Korean people and vessels are also using the strait.
A South Korean defense ministry official did not have an immediate comment.