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President Moon visits U.S. military base in Seoul

All Headlines 16:35 June 13, 2017

SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday visited the headquarters of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Seoul, U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said.

Moon met with Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commander of the USFK, during his first visit to the U.S. military base in Yongsan, central Seoul, since taking office in early May.

"It is a great pleasure to be at the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command for the first time since taking office," Moon was quoted as saying. "I want to applaud service members for the great job and critical role in deterring enemy aggression."

In response, the USFK chief stressed the importance of a robust alliance between the two countries to counter North Korea's military threats.

"During this time of heightened tensions it is more important than ever to stand with our Korean brothers," he said. "The special relationship between the U.S. and the ROK was forged by our grandfathers and we will continue their legacy of steadfast commitment regardless of what the future brings."

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