“The discussion was meant to address how technology could help us in the future,” Tolley said in a statement.
Now Tolley is being replaced by Brig. Gen. Eric Wendt, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan.
U.S. military officials in Korea are saying that Tolley’s departure is unconnected to his comments about North Korea. Jennifer Buschick, a spokeswoman for U.S. Forces Korea, told CNN, “This is a routine announcement that has been in the works for months,” and that the move “has no connection to current events.”