In connection with the suspension of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, Seoul announced that it…
In connection with the suspension of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, Seoul announced that it will hold two military exercises next week.
As diplomatic relations between South and North Korea continue, the tina leaders of neighboring countries have successfully held three summits this year – South Korea’s Joint Managers (JCS) declared that they will perform the Taeguk and Hoguk drills aimed at to maintain defense preparedness and increase military units.
“This year’s exercise is to maintain a balanced defense position and improve practice, considering the launch of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian,” JCS stated in a statement, reported Channel News Asia.
Taeguk, a command post, begins on Monday and continues until Friday while the Hoguk field’s exercise will cover a two week period starting on Monday. The latter will take place around the southern Han River, east of the capital Seoul.
JCS Chairman Gen. Park Han-ki met with his US counterpart Joseph Dunford on Thursday in Washington for the Military Committee’s meeting (MCM) prior to the Security Advisory Meeting scheduled for October 31
, where the Allies would formally announce the suspension of the Vigilant Ace Air Defense Drill which the two sides would carry out together in December 2018 .
In Thursday’s meeting, both sides worked on the Problems of Transfer of War Time Control (OPCON) – something that the United States and South Korea had worked against in the wake of North Korea’s security challenges and the confirmation of Seoul’s ability to lead wartime operations.
“(The two sides) approved and signed a set of agreements to guarantee the OPCON transfer,” said JCS, after the meeting, reported Yonhap News.
As part of their rapidly improving ties, North and South Korean military generals held talks at the border of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Friday to discuss the resumption of a joint military commission in accordance with a covenant reached at the September summit between the leaders of both countries in Pyongyang
The implementation of the agreement reached between Pyongyang and Seoul during the summit has already begun when the removal of guards and firearms within the common security area of Panmunjom was completed, the South Department of Defense said on Thursday.
Apart from this, the two korahs also agreed to establish maritime, air and soil buffer zones in frontline areas as part of reducing inadvertent clashes, building confidence and reducing overall military tension between them. This meant setting up a buffer zone in the Yellow Sea to interrupt gun burning, maritime drilling, and establish a flight boundary zone in border areas.
“The two sides have decided to completely stop all hostile acts in all spaces, land, sea and air, and agreed on concrete steps to implement the decision,” said the Seoul Department of Defense in a press release in September.