Abrams: North Korea Nuclear Threat Remains

Abrams: North Korea Nuclear Threat Remains

Gen Abrams
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U.S. forces in Korea have faced a changing and challenging training environment but remain ready to maintain peace and security on the peninsula, Gen. Robert Abrams told the House Armed Services Committee. 

Testifying March 10, the commander of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea said North Korea “continues to pose a threat to the international security environment with no indication that they have ceased development of nuclear capabilities.” 

“Our forces face an increasingly dynamic security environment with North Korea continuing their development of nuclear and advanced missile systems, cyber capabilities, as well as other conventional and emerging asymmetric military technologies,” Abrams said. “We have seen no indication to suggest that the North Korean regime has taken any action toward denuclearization.” 

In fact, North Korea continues to display new capabilities, like the submarine-launched ballistic missiles and solid-propellant ballistic missiles included in a January military parade. Whether they work is not clear, Abrams said. 

As he spoke, the U.S. and South Korea were completing negotiations on a cost-sharing agreement. “Every alliance has challenges and bumps in the road, but we have proven our ability to overcome any obstacles as we live together, work together, and train together,” Abrams said. “Although our partnership continuously evolves, our commitment to one another never wavers.”