The top U.S. commander in South Korea is skipping some Capitol Hill testimony later this month amid tensions with North Korea.

FOX's Jared Halpern has more from Washington:

General Vincent Brooks will not attend Armed Services Committee hearings later this month, opting to stay in South Korea as tensions increase over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

A statement from the Pentagon says all decisions regarding the schedules of leadership are based on priorities of the U.S.-South Korean alliance to maintain readiness at all times.

The decision to skip the congressional hearings is not unprecedented. The commanding officer in 2013 did not attend hearings in order to maintain readiness on the Korean Peninsula, a Pentagon spokesman says.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News.

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