Korea, U.S. endorse 'tailored deterrence strategy' against N. Korean threats
South Korea and the U.S. held their annual defense dialogue on this Wednesday, which concluded with the two sides formally endorsing a "tailored deterrence strategy" against increasing North Korean threats.
But there was no clear-cut conclusion to the pending issue of the transfer of wartime operational control from the U.S. to Korea, set for 2015.
For more, we now connect live with our Defense Ministry correspondent, Han Da-eun.
Da-eun, fill us in
Conn-young, the much anticipated 45th Security Consultative Meeting came to an end this morning at Seoul's Defense Ministry.
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel endorsed what they call a "tailored deterrence strategy" against North Korean nuclear and missile threats that calls for a tighter alliance framework.
Under the new strategy, the integration of the alliance will be strengthened to maximize the deterrent effect against North Korean nuclear threats sorted by scenario.
A press briefing was held immediately after, and when asked how the strategy endorsed this time around is different from what Korea and the U.S. has been doing up to now, Secretary Hagel said that it's not necessarily a new strategy but rather a review of the previous ones, as a deterrence strategy needs constant review in accordance with the fluid security situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Da-eun, I hear there was no conclusion to the matter of the tranfer of wartime operational control from the U.S. to Korea?
Well, Conn-young, as you know Minister Kim had asked Washington in May to delay the OPCON transition set for 2015 in the wake of North Korean nuclear threats.
And during today's meeting, secretary Hagel said he takes the issues raised by the Korean military seriously, and that he's optimistic that the two countries will get where they need to be regarding the transition through comprehensive OPCON certification process.
Although no specific changes to the pre-mediated timeline were announced, the two sides agreed to consult one another on the matter, keeping a keen eye on the fluid security situation.
Hagel added that Washington will not make any decisions now, as it's not in the interest of the U.S. or Korea.
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