The Pentagon stressed that only when the conditions are fully met can the transfer of power of war to South Korea.

Photo: South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photo by Qingwatai

Yonhap News Agency reported that the Pentagon of the United States said on the 28th that it would transfer wartime combat command when the conditions agreed to fully meet the conditions of mutual consent, in response to South Korean Defense Secretary, “has made progress in recovering the right to wartime combat power during his current government”.

This is the first time that the Biden administration has officially made a statement on the transfer of wartime operational command, emphasizing that the conditions must be fully met while showing a negative attitude towards the time limit.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense replied in writing to Yonhap’s question on the same day that the operational command would be transferred to South Korea when the conditions agreed by the two sides were fully met.

The conditional transfer of power of war is not only unanimously agreed by the United States and South Korea, but also necessary to ensure military strength, manpower and maintain regional security.

The commitment to hand over at a specific time will put force and manpower at risk, and it is more complicated to ensure force, manpower and regional security than only changing the headquarters of the South Korean-American coalition command.