U.S. troops’ priority is to back sanctions campaign against N. Korea: Dunford

WASHINGTON, U.S. troops' priority on the Korean Peninsula is to back the global sanctions campaign aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the top U.S. military leader said Thursday.

In a written statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joe Dunford said the United States has expanded sea and air operations to "deter and disrupt" illicit ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum and other goods headed for North Korea.

"While we remain hopeful for a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, after two summits between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un, it is clear that we must remain ready for multiple contingencies," Dunford said.

"We are still dealing with a country that has nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that threaten our Allies in the region and our Homeland," he said, adding that that capability exists regardless of the North Korean leader's expressed intent to denuclearize.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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