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U.S. intelligence chief visited S. Korea for Afghan deployment, nuke consultation

All Headlines 07:24 November 27, 2009

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) -- The head of U.S. intelligence visited South Korea earlier in the week to discuss Seoul's Afghan troop deployment plans and North Korea's nuclear standoff, a government source said Friday.

The source, who declined to be identified said Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair was in the country from Sunday through Tuesday and met with senior South Korean officials including Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan and Defense Minister Kim Tae-young.

He also met with National Intelligence Service chief Won Sei-hoon.

The official said that Blair explained recent moves by Washington to increase troop levels in the country, and listened to the South Korean deployment timetable.

Blair is responsible for overseeing 16 intelligence organizations in the United States such as the Central Intelligence Agency.

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