South Korea abandoned its goal of regaining wartime operational control (Opcon) from the United States by the end of President Moon Jae-in’s term next year, instead aiming to clearly fix a date for the transfer by the end of 2021.
No mention was made about keeping the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) at its current size during a bilateral defense chiefs’ meeting earlier this month because the U.S. government is “flexibly adjusting” its troop deployments abroad...
Disagreement between South Korea and the United States over the timetable for the transfer of wartime operational control (Opcon) to Seoul boiled over at a key defense chiefs’ meeting Wednesday, exposing a growing rift over security issues.
The United States reaffirmed its commitment to South Korea's security, including providing "extended deterrence," during annual talks between the two countries' top military chiefs, according to a joint statement released Wednesday.
Newly appointed Minister of National Defense Suh Wook will visit the United States on an Air Force tanker plane next month to discuss the transfer of wartime operational control (Opcon), according to military sources.