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S. Korea, U.S. hold security talks: Analysis Updated: 2021-12-01 17:07:42 KST

Today, the South Korea and U.S. joint chiefs of staff chairmen held the 'Military Committee Meeting' in Seoul.
The security talks were the first face-to-face meeting between the joint chiefs since the onset of the pandemic.
And tomorrow, the defense chiefs from Seoul and Washington will hold their annual Security Consultative Meeting.
For more, we have Dr. Go Myong-hyun, our senior North Korea analyst live in the studio with us.
Dr. Go, thanks for joining us.

During today's talks, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley emphasized the U.S.' commitment to providing South Korea with "extended deterrence."
He and his South Korean counterpart General Won In-choul discussed updates on the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.
And that includes North Korea's recent SLBM test-launch in October? What else could we guess?

The two generals also discussed regional security issues.
Perhaps one of those includes the U.S.' strategy against China?

Also discussed was the conditions-based wartime operational control transition plan.
What are prospects there?
The Moon Jae-in government wants to make some progress on the issue before Moon's term ends in May.

U.S. Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, is in Seoul right now.
He will meet his South Korean counterpart, Suh Wook tomorrow.
What will be the agenda for their talks?

And also tomorrow, South Korea's National Security Advisor Suh Hoon will meet Chinese foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi.
They are set to discuss bilateral issues and ways to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table.
Will that also include Seoul's proposal of an end-of-war declaration involving the two Koreas, the U.S. and China?

That was Dr. GO Myong-hyun, senior research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Many thanks for your insights.
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