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Seoul, Washington agree to delay OPCON transfer to mid-2020s

South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to postpone the December 2015 transfer from Washington to Seoul of wartime operational control in the event of a war on the peninsula. That's already the second time the two sides have delayed the previous April-2012 hand-over. Following the regular Security Consultative Meeting in Washington, the U.S. defense chief said the latest delay will ensure South Korean forces have the necessary defense capabilities at the time of the transfer to address an intensifying North Korean threat. (4280) "Our alliance commitments are as important as ever because North Korea's destabilizing policies and dangerous provocations continue to...

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