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U.S. Pacific commander visits S. Korea

All Headlines 16:07 August 20, 2017

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- The chief of the United States Pacific Command arrived in Seoul on Sunday to discuss North Korean threats and inspect the allies' joint military drills.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, attended a change of command ceremony for Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo, the new South Korean chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

He later met with Defense Minister Song Young-moo to discuss responses to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, Seoul's defense ministry said.

He will also observe a South Korea-U.S. military exercise called the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) that starts on Monday, it said.

His visit came as North Korea had threatened to fire missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific. It last week delayed a plan to finalize the strike operation scheme.

Harris is accompanied by Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command.

Samuel A. Greaves, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency., also plans to visit South Korea this week. The U.S. officials are expected to urge Seoul to speed up the deployment of its missile shied.

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