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(LEAD) S. Korean Navy chief to hold talks with U.S. Pacific Fleet commander

All News 16:18 February 03, 2020

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SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Sim Seung-seob plans to hold talks with visiting U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. John Aquilino this week to explore ways to boost bilateral military cooperation, Sim's office said Monday.

The U.S. commander arrived in South Korea on Sunday for a five-day trip.

On Monday, Aquilino visited South Korea's Fleet Command in the southern port city of Busan and met with commander Vice Adm. Lee Seong-hwan, the Navy said in a release.

During the planned talks Tuesday, Sim and Aquilino will discuss ways to establish and maintain a stronger combined posture and further deepen cooperation between the two sides.

While in South Korea, Aquilino also plans to have a meeting with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Park Han-ki and visit the 2nd Fleet headquarters in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, where the Cheonan warship, torpedoed by North Korea in 2010, is in dry dock, according to the Navy.

Vice Adm. Lee Seong-hwan (C), chief of South Korea's Fleet Command, speaks with U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. John Aquilino (R) during a welcome ceremony at the command compound in the southern city of Busan on Feb. 3, 2020, in this photo provided by the Navy. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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