Abrams takes command of USFK amid nuclear talks with North Korea

November 8, 2018

Stars and Stripes:

SEOUL, South Korea — Gen. Robert Abrams stressed the need to maintain “fight tonight capability” as he assumed command of U.S. Forces Korea on Thursday amid diplomatic efforts aimed at eliminating the nuclear threat from the North and restoring peace on the divided peninsula.

Abrams, 57, took the colors for USFK, United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command during a rain-soaked ceremony at Barker Field that included an honor guard and a 17-gun salute.

The parade ground is in front of the new headquarters building at Camp Humphreys, about 40 miles south of Seoul.

He replaces Gen. Vincent Brooks, who has presided over military efforts on the peninsula since April 2016. That period has seen tensions with North Korea raise fears of a nuclear war before ebbing after the communist state agreed to engage in diplomacy earlier this year.

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