US joint chiefs chairman Dempsey to visit South Korea

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 April, 2013, 11:21am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 April, 2013, 11:31am

The top US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, is adding a South Korea stop to his previously announced trip to China to meet face to face with his South Korean counterpart on the North Korea situation.

Dempsey and his counterpart, General Jung Seung-jo, held a video teleconference on Thursday and reaffirmed their nation’s security alliance.

On his South Korea visit Sunday, Dempsey also will meet with the senior US commander there, General James Thurman.

Thurman and the chief of the South Korean military both cancelled plans to come to Washington this week due to the heightened tensions with North Korea. Thurman was supposed to testify before Congress.

A spokesman for Dempsey, Colonel David Lapan, said Dempsey added the South Korea stop in order to discuss North Korea and other topics.