WASHINGTON — The Pentagon expects changes in U.S. forces in South Korea as it works with the new government in Seoul, the head of the American Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.
Adm. Michael Mullen, JCS chairman, said the United States is very engaged with the government of Lee Myung-bak, sworn in on Monday.
We are changing how we are looking at things militarily out there from a standpoint of our forces, he said at a Pentagon town hall meeting.
And my expectation is there will be changes that occur because this new government stands up in terms of our relationship, he said, adding that Gen. Burwell Bell, head of U.S. Forces Korea, has spent an awful lot of time engaged there.
Mullen did not elaborate what the changes would be.
There are some 28,000 American troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean War.