Top U.S. military officer Gen. Mark Milley is considering visiting Japan and South Korea in mid-November, a source familiar with the matter said Friday.
Milley, who became the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, is likely to confirm with his counterparts the importance of the three-way security ties to deal with North Korea and other threats, with Japan and South Korea remaining locked in a spat over wartime compensation and trade issues.
The row between the two U.S. allies has also affected the security realm as South Korea decided in August to terminate a bilateral intelligence-sharing pact with Japan that has helped the two countries counter missile threats from North Korea.
The United States has called on South Korea to revisit the decision to scrap the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, which is set to expire on Nov. 23.
In Japan, Milley is scheduled to hold talks with Gen. Koji Yamazaki, chief of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff. Arrangements are also under way for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defense Minister Taro Kono, the source said.