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Russia's top general warns against US-South Korea exercises

Gerasimov says allied show of force off peninsula promotes 'instability'

Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Russia's chief of general staff, shakes hands with Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, right, during their meeting in Tokyo on Monday.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Joint military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea are detrimental to resolving the standoff with the North as they create instability in the region, Russia's military chief warned Monday. 

During his visit to Tokyo, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian general staff, agreed with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development is unacceptable.

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