March 07, 2023 11:48
Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley will visit South Korea and Japan late this month before he retires this year, a military source said on Monday.
He wants to stress the importance of tripartite cooperation between Korea, the U.S. and Japan and send a warning message to North Korea.
The U.S.' highest-ranking military officer last visited Korea in 2021.
Milley will arrive here from Japan right after joint South Korea-U.S. exercises dubbed Freedom Shield on March 13-23. He is expected to review the drills with Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup and his Korean counterpart Gen. Kim Seung-kyum.
He will also visit the demilitarized zone.
The U.S. has been sending more strategic weapons to South Korea in the face of increasing provocations by North Korea including a possible fresh nuclear test.
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