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USFK commander discusses deterrence against N.K. threat in Washington

All Headlines 16:29 September 02, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Yonhap) -- The commander of all American troops in South Korea recently discussed more effective measures to counter North Korean threats when he met the chief of U.S. Strategic Command in Washington, the U.S. military said Friday.

On its official Facebook page, the United States Forces Korea (USFK) said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and USSTRATCOM Commander Adm. Cecil D. Haney discussed how they "collaborate to improve U.S. deterrence, missile defense, and other efforts in response to the evolving North Korean threat."

Brooks and Haney reviewed the U.S. response to North Korea's continued development of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction at the meeting, one of several high-level discussions the former attended in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 1 (U.S. time), the USFK said.

This photo taken on Aug. 2, 2016, shows USFK Commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks delivering a speech on ways to strengthen allied ties between Seoul and Washington at a forum in Seoul. (Yonhap)

"The meeting reinforces the partnership between USSTRATCOM and USFK to deter North Korea, defend South Korea, and ensure stability on the Korean peninsula," according to the Facebook post.

The USFK commander also serves as chief of United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command.

This year, North Korea has stepped up its saber-rattling by conducting its fourth nuclear test in January and missile launches in the following months, most recently in protest against South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system in a southeastern rural county by 2017, and a joint military drill between Seoul and Washington which ended Friday.

In its latest provocations, it test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) early on Aug. 24. The missile flew some 500 kilometers over the East Sea, the greatest distance travelled by an SLBM launched by the communist nation so far.

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