July 09, 2018 11:01
New U.S. ambassador Harry Harris arrived at Incheon International Airport last Saturday to take up the long vacant post.
Harris told reporters Korea has "no better friend" than the U.S. and the Seoul-Washington alliance has been a pillar of peace and stability over the past 65 years.
Harris, a former chief of the U.S. Pacific command, fills a position that had been vacant since Donald Trump became president in January 2017.
Harris said the Trump administration has made it clear that strengthening the Seoul-Washington alliance is one of its priorities, Harris said.
Asked about Washington's position on the ongoing talks over defense cost-sharing, he said, "I don't want to get ahead of the process and I don't want to discuss the opening stances if you will in public."
On a lighter note, Harris said he thought his new mustache "would be a nice break from wearing the uniform as a flag officer through now wearing the uniform of a diplomat, or trying to fit in one."
Born to an American father, who was a Navy officer, and a Japanese mother in 1956, he was the first U.S. Navy admiral of Asian descent.
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