Gen. Robert Abrams, the new commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, paid a visit to the Joint Security Area in the border truce village of Panmunjom on Saturday, his first since he took over the post on Nov. 8.
Abrams toured the area and was briefed on progress in the implementation of the latest inter-Korean military agreement.
The South Korea-U.S. alliance "remains ironclad and will continue to play an important role in preventing armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula and promote peace and stability in the region for many decades to come," the UN Command quoted him as saying.
He added his visit showed U.S. support for the continued implementation of the inter-Korean military agreements.
Abrams flew by helicopter to the Camp Bonifas helipad just 2.4 km south of the military demarcation line, which lies within a new no-fly zone set up under the agreement in September, but there was no response from North Korea.
New U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Robert Abrams (left) poses with Gen. Park Han-ki, the chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Joint Security Area in the border truce village of Panmunjom on Saturday.