Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook asked Gen. Paul LaCamera, the new commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, to help speed along the transfer of wartime operational control (Opcon) from the United States to Korea, the Defense Ministry said Monday.
Korea’s Defense Minister Suh Wook, left, talks with Gen. Claudio Graziano, right, chairman of the European Union Military Committee, in the Defense Ministry in Yongsan District, central Seoul, Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin touched down in Seoul Wednesday, kicking off the first such joint visit to the country in 11 years to coordinate North Korea policy and work on alliance issues.
The Joe Biden administration plans to adopt a “new strategy” on North Korea, and will conduct a policy review closely consulting with U.S. allies such as South Korea and Japan, said the White House.
General Suh Wook was sworn in as Korea’s Minister of National Defense on Saturday, making him the first Army commander to head the country’s defense in the Moon Jae-in administration.
Gen. Won In-choul, the Air Force chief of staff, has been nominated to chair Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the Ministry of National Defense announced on Monday.
President Moon Jae-in nominated Army Chief of Staff General Suh Wook as the new defense minister, the Blue House announced Friday.
President Moon Jae-in faced growing calls from both the ruling and opposition parties on Thursday to replace all foreign affairs and national security aides in the cabinet and the Blue House for their failed policy recommendations on North Korea.