USFK chief sounds cautious note on North Korea’s peace overture

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) — The commanding general of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) on Wednesday remained cautious about North Korea’s motivation behind its decision to hold talks with the South as part of its recent peace offensive.”The fact that (the inter-Korean talks) happened, I think, is notable, and that such a step has not been chosen before by North Korea,” the USFK commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks said during a luncheon meeting organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) in Seoul.Yet, the top U.S. military official in South Korea, who leads the 28,500-strong USFK, remained circumspect about interpreting North Korea’s change in stance.”What is the motivation? We don’t know,” he said. “We will have to see that over time.”

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