Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

South Korea, US Hold Talks On Wartime Command

Jun. 16, 2014 - 03:04PM   |  
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE   |   Comments
SKOREA-US-DIPLOMACY-DEFENSE
South Korean Deputy Defense Minister Lim Kwan-bin, right, shakes hands with his US counterpart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia David Helvey, on July 30 in Seoul. (AFP)
  • Filed Under

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — South Korea and the United States held high-level military talks Monday to fix a new timetable for the postponed transfer to Seoul of wartime operational command over its own troops.

It was the first in a series of monthly discussions aimed at agreeing a transfer schedule that can be announced in October at their annual security summit in Washington, the Southís defense ministry said.

Under a bilateral military accord signed during the 1950-53 Korean War, the United States currently retains operational command of joint US-South Korean forces in the event of a full-scale conflict with North Korea.

Peacetime control was returned to the South in 1994, and the transfer of wartime command was originally set for 2012.

At Seoulís request, that deadline was extended to 2015 but the South then insisted on a further postponement, citing the increased threat from North Koreaís nuclear weapons program.

Leading Mondayís talks were David Helvey, the US deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, and his South Korean counterpart Ryu Je-Seung.

Because the Korean conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty, the two Koreas are still technically at war.

South Korea is protected by the US nuclear umbrella and there are currently nearly 30,000 US troops stationed in the country.

If fresh hostilities broke out, the US commander in South Korea would also assume control of the Southís 640,000 troops.

More In World News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

Subscribe!

Subscribe!

Login to This Week's Digital Edition

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Exclusive Events Coverage

In-depth news and multimedia coverage of industry trade shows and conferences.

TRADE SHOWS:

CONFERENCES:

Defensenews TV

  • Sign-up to receive weekly email updates about Vago's guests and the topics they will discuss.