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Aboard aircraft carrier, S. Korean, U.S. commanders send warning to N. Korea

2017/10/24 18:10

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SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Yonhap) -- Aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier on Tuesday, the chiefs of the South Korean military and the American troops stationed in South Korea reaffirmed combined combat readiness, sending a strong warning against North Korea's potential provocations.

Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and U.S. Forces Korea chief Gen. Vincent Brooks met on the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan that was anchored off the port of Busan after joining a five-day maritime exercise with the South Korean Navy in the South Korean oceans.

"Amid an unprecedentedly grave security situation, the deployment of Ronald Reagan and its carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula and their joint exercise with South Korea is part of the increased deployment of U.S. strategic assets here. It must have been a strong warning to North Korea," Jeong was quoted by the JCS as saying aboard the carrier.

"The latest joint exercise has been an opportunity to further improve the ability to carry out joint operations ... (The allies) would continue to maintain their strong, joint posture to fight tonight through close cooperation," the JCS also said.

The joint carrier boarding by Jeong and Brooks was designed to confirm the allies' solid combined defense readiness amid escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula and to pat the backs of troops who participated in the latest exercise, according to the JCS.

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