South Korea's defense minister Han Min-koo said on Monday that Seoul has the final authority to reject any U.S. request to deploy Japan's self-defense forces on Korean soil during wartime.
During a parliamentary inspection at the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul, Han stressed that despite the U.S. having wartime operational control in the event of war (on the Korean peninsula), South Korea's president has supreme command and must give permission for overseas troops to fight on Korean soil.
(In a related matter,)Japan's new security policy will be front and center of defense talks next month involving South Korea, the United States and Japan.
A government official in Seoul says the three countries will discuss follow-up measures after Japan lays out the details of the changes to its policy.
The date and location of the meeting are yet to be confirmed, but it's expected talks will be held before the annual Korea-U.S. Security Consultative meeting scheduled for mid-October.
Seoul plans to reiterate its stance that Japan will not be allowed to dispatch troops to the Korean peninsula in an emergency situation without the Korean government's prior consent.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.