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U.S.-South Korea Alliance Remains Strong

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The alliance between the U.S. and South Korea “is stronger and more ready than ever,” the top U.S. general in the Republic of Korea said May 22.

Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army’s LANPAC Symposium and Exposition in Honolulu, Gen. Robert B. Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea and U.N. Command-Combined Forces Command, said the 65-year-old alliance between the U.S. and South Korea remains critical for economic and security reasons.

“Our bilateral relationship is special,” he said, describing South Korea as a reliable and ready military partner. “It serves as a model for others.”

“We are now inseparable, unbreakable,” he said. “Our combined defense posture is as good as it has ever been, if not better.”

Against North Korea’s aggressive action, “we stood strong,” he said, referring to missile testing.

Exercises continue, although on a different scale for diplomatic reasons. “We continue to train every mission task but with a lower profile,” he said. “We feel unquestioned dominance across all domains.”

“I have been in three wars. I have no burning desire to be in another war,” Abrams said in defense of diplomatic efforts that include steps to reduce tension and reduce the chances for mistakes or miscalculations leading to war. “How can you not be in favor of that?” he said.