Military Chiefs of S.Korea, U.S., Japan Hold Video Conference
Tina Yoon, May 24, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
The chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in South Korea, the U.S., and Japan held an urgent video conference on Tuesday after back-to-back missile tests by North Korea in recent weeks. Gen. Lee Sun-jin, Gen. Joseph Dunford and Adm. Katustoshi Kawano discussed substantial cooperation to counter the nuclear and missile threats from the North, according to the JCS here.
Their discussion focused on how to reinforce surveillance, boost intelligence sharing, and upgrade missile detection and intercept drills.
Only eight such video conferences have been held since January 2010, the last one 15 months ago, right after the North's fourth nuclear test and launch of a space rocket.
It was called by the U.S. Washington was alarmed how successful the North has been in testing a new Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile that can reach Alaska and a Pukguksong-2 solid-fuel intermediate-range missile that has all U.S. military bases in Japan within range.
Participants included Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of the U.S. Forces Korea and the Combined Forces Command, and Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, commander of the U.S. Forces Japan.