Forces in Korean peninsula should ‘allow diplomacy to work’ – US officer

WASHINGTON, Although North Korean military still poses a threat, US, South Korean, and allied forces on Korean Peninsula “should remain clear-eyed about the situation on the ground and allow diplomacy to work,” said nominee to be next commander of US forces in Korea to the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday.

Commander of US Army Forces Command Robert Abrams is President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Commander of the UN Command, Combined Forces Command and US Forces Korea, Vincent Brooks.

“The strategic importance of the Pacific region has grown over the past decade,” Abrams said. “The foundation for success in Northeast Asia is largely due to the extraordinary relationships we have built over time with United Nations sending states and our Indo-Pacific neighbors, particularly Japan and the Republic of Korea.” He said that working with allies is key to the success in the peninsula.

“Our strong combined military power with the Republic of Korea has sustained armistice conditions for 65 years and supported our diplomatic and economic efforts today,” he said.

Since then, alliance forces have been ready “to fight tonight,” Abrams said, and the allies must maintain that credible deterrent “to preserve options for our elected leaders.

Source: Kuwait News Agency