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U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno said today he expects a decision soon on the U.S. providing more military support to South Korea, including a plan to deploy additional Apache attack helicopters there.

“We discussed the requirement, potentially, for additional support here in Korea,” Odierno said at a briefing at Camp Casey in South Korea. “We expect a decision on whether we will provide additional capabilities here very shortly.”

A decision to expand military support comes as South Korea prepares to take back wartime military command over its forces from the U.S. North Korea re-ignited regional tensions last month when it launched a long-range rocket in defiance of opposition from the U.S., China and other members of the United Nations Security Council.

South Korea will start leading the annual Key Resolve military drills conducted jointly with the U.S., Odierno said. Earlier today he met his South Korean counterpart, General Cho Jung Hwan, and U.S. Forces Korea Commander General James Thurman as part of a two-day visit.

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