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S. Korea's JCS chief to discuss deterrence against N.K. in U.S.

All News 12:39 October 11, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Chairman Gen. Lee Sun-jin will visit the United States this week to discuss with his counterparts ways to bolster deterrence against North Korean threats, Seoul's military said Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Lee plans to meet Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command to share views on ways to counter provocations by the North. He also plans to look around local strategic assets during his five-day trip to the U.S. that begins Tuesday, the JCS said in a statement.

He accepted the invitation made by his U.S. counterpart Joseph F. Dunford, it said.

In this photo taken on Sept. 13, 2016, Seoul's JCS Chairman Gen. Lee Sun-jin delivers a briefing on the South Korea-U.S. allied forces' commitment to counter North Korean threats after two B-1B strategic bombers flew over the sky of Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, in show of power. (Yonhap)

On the following day, Lee and Dunford will analyze the current security status quo on the Korean Peninsula during the 41st military committee meeting (MCM). They will also discuss measures to ramp up the allies' commitment to counter the North's increasing nuclear and missile threats, the statement said.

On the sidelines of the annual MCM meeting, joint chiefs of staff chiefs form South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are scheduled to discuss ways to extend a trilateral military partnership, it said.


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