Top US general jets into Asia amid N.Korea tensions

A PAC-3 interceptor is deployed in the compound of a garrison of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in Konan, Kochi prefecture, Japan, on Saturday. (Ryosuke Ozawa/Kyodo News via AP photo)

TOKYO -- General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Monday amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program, according to an official with South Korea’s Blue House.

The chairman of Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the deputy commander of ROK-US Combined Forces Command and the head of Korea’s national security council will also attend, said the official, who asked not to be identified. Gen Dunford, whose trip includes stops in Japan and China, arrived in Seoul on Sunday, the official said.

The visit to the region by President Donald Trump’s top military adviser underlines heightened tensions after a week in which North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un and the US leader exchanged threats. China’s President Xi Jinping told Mr Trump in a phone call that all sides should maintain restraint and avoid inflammatory comments.

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