Moon to meet top U.S. military officer Monday

SEOUL-- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) this week to discuss the bilateral defense alliance, and North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, the presidential office said Sunday.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford arrived in Seoul earlier in the day amid growing tensions following the North's intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month and an escalating war of words between Pyongyang and Washington.

His visit to Seoul is part of his Asian tour, including China and Japan, to hold talks with the allies on the pressing regional security issue, it added.

The meeting on Monday will also be attended by Moon's security adviser Chung Eui-yong and South Korea's new JCS chairman Lee Sun-jin, the presidential official said.

Dunford plans to meet with Defense Minister Song Young-moo ahead of his meeting with Moon, the presidential office said.

Dunford will leave for China on Monday.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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