South Korea’s military said on the 26th, the second half of this year, the first phase of the South Korean-American joint command post exercise (defense) and the second phase (counterattack) as planned, and will end in the afternoon, the transfer of wartime operational command required full use of capability (FOC) verification work was postponed to next year.
Yonhap reported on the 26th, taking into account the situation of the epidemic, participants are limited to the necessary personnel, the scale of training significantly reduced from the first half of the year. It is reported that the participants only 30% of the first half. The South Korean army had planned to verify the full operational capability (FOC) of the future Joint Command during the exercise, but failed to do so, and the exercise included only partial rehearsals of the four-star General commanding the future Joint Command-led operations.
South Korea and the United States have agreed that the future Joint Command, with the Korean army general as commander and the U.S. admiral as deputy commander, will jointly verify the full operational capabilities required for the transfer of operational command in wartime. As verification failed, plans by the South Korean army and government to finalize the transfer of wartime operational command during the year were dashed, and the validation exercise was postponed until next year.
The exercise, which acts as a routine command post exercise of a defensive nature, is conducted mainly by computer simulation. There had been a view that North Korea or during the exercises to respond, but the current North Korean military is conducting summer exercises, there is no abnormal movement. However, North Korea refused to make routine contact with South Korea since the 10th day of the Korea-US Crisis Management Staff Training (CMST).
The U.S. also played a low-key stance during the exercises. U.S. State Department Special Representative for North Korea Policy Venus visited South Korea during this period, he met with the South Korean Foreign Ministry, South Korea’s Minister of Peace negotiations on the Korean Peninsula, Lu Guixuan, said that the United States is not hostile to North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. military exercises are defensive routine exercises designed to support the security of South Korea and the United States.