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U.S. Army chief in S. Korea for talks on combined posture, alliance

Defense 08:48 November 17, 2020

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. Army chief of staff visited South Korea to discuss how to maintain a firm combined readiness posture to deal with regional security challenges, his office said Tuesday.

Gen. James McConville arrived late Monday and plans to meet Defense Minister Suh Wook and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Nam Yeong-shin in Seoul on Tuesday, according to the U.S. military.

"Gen. McConville ... plans to meet with senior ROK Defense Ministry and Army leadership to discuss how the ROK-U.S. Armies can remain ready to meet the security needs of the region," Lt. Col. Curtis Kellogg, public affairs officer to the chief of staff of the Army, said in a statement. ROK is the acronym of South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

"Gen. McConville recognizes that the Republic of Korea and U.S. Armies have stood side by side to safeguard the peninsula and the region for more than 70 years," he added.

The general also plans to visit American soldiers stationed in South Korea to thank them for their contribution to the bilateral alliance, according to the statement.

His detailed itinerary was not immediately available, including how long he will stay here and if he plans to visit any other countries before returning home.

This photo, provided by the South Korean Army and taken on Jan. 13, 2020, shows then Army Chief of Staff Gen. Suh Wook (R) and his U.S. counterpart, Gen. James McConville, posing for a photo after a meeting in Washington. Suh took office as South Korea's defense minister in September 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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