South Korea demanded that the US be given command of the army during wartime

South Korea demanded that the US be given command of the army during wartime 0
South Korea demanded that the US be given command of the army during wartime 0

President Moon Jae-in wants to reclaim control of the wartime military.

US officials said South Korea is pushing the US to hand over command of the military in case of war on the Korean Peninsula, but Washington is concerned Seoul is not ready for this.

The devolution of wartime command was one of the important topics during US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ visit to Korea.

South Korea has control over the military in peacetime.

The issue of empowerment has been raised since 2005, when former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sought to reduce the US presence on the Korean peninsula and transfer more security responsibilities to South Korea.

For many years, Washington has urged Seoul to prepare to regain control of its armed forces in wartime, but the South Korean military has repeatedly asked the US to postpone this process, arguing that they need more time to invest in construction.

Previous conservative South Korean administrations often accepted this delay.

But Washington currently shows no signs of wanting to hand over the role of commanding the South Korean military during wartime, especially in the context of North Korea continuously conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

South Korea demanded that the US be given command of the army during wartime

US – Korean coalition forces in an exercise.

This issue will be mentioned in US-South Korea negotiations in the coming days.

`We are committed to helping South Korea develop the necessary capabilities to take responsibility for defense on the Korean peninsula. This has been our consistent view for many years,` Mr. Davis declared.

The US wants the South Korean military to demonstrate its combat capabilities before being given autonomy, including improving its ballistic missile defense shield and battlefield command and control level.

Many Korean politicians believe that not having control over the military is a shame, causing the country to be considered a puppet of the US.

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