- Title: New U.S. commander takes charge in South Korea
- Date: 8th November 2018
- Summary: VARIOUS OF U.S. EIGHTH ARMY BAND MARCHING AND PLAYING INSTRUMENTS HONOUR GUARDS HOLDING FLAGS
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2018 04:51
- Keywords: South Korea United Nations Command Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea Robert B. Abrams Vincent K. Brooks
- Location: PYEONGTAEK, SOUTH KOREA
- City: PYEONGTAEK, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Reuters ID: LVA00295N9J5Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: New U.S. Commander in South Korea, General Robert B. Abrams, took charge on Thursday (November 8) in an inauguration ceremony at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, which lies about 100 km (60 miles) from the border with reclusive North Korea.
Abrams assumed the command from General Vincent K. Brooks and will oversee about 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. With his current title as the chief U.S. Forces Korea commander, he also serves as the commander of the United Nations Command and the Republic of Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command.
Earlier this week, the U.S. and South Korean Marines kicked off military drills on Monday (November 5) under the Korean Marine Exchange Program for the first time in months, although larger exercises were suspended, according to the South Korea's Defence Ministry.
Pyongyang has been pushing for a formal declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War and replace the armistice that stopped the fighting but left the combatants still technically at war. However, there are concerns that North Korea's push for such a declaration could be a ploy to divide the U.S.-South Korea alliance and secure the withdrawal of the U.S. troops based in the South.
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