Reference News Network reported on March 15 that Yonhap reported on March 14 that in an interview on March 13, Commander Abrams of the U.S. Army stationed in South Korea and Commander of the U.S. Army stressed that the issue of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea was different from the signing of the Peninsula Peace Agreement, suggesting that the U.S. military would continue to stationed in South Korea.
Regarding the results of the new command post exercise, code-named Alliance, which ended on March 12, he said that training and exercises were common for any army. He disagreed with some expertsview that the reduction of the scale of Korea-US joint show would lead to the wavering of the joint defense posture. He said that he has spent 37 years in this line, and from a professional point of view, the exercises can meet the actual military requirements of Korea and the United States. He stressed that the ROK-US coalition forces have made all preparations.
DATA PICTURE: U.S. Army Commander Abrams in South Korea. (Pictures come from the Internet)
Regarding when the US will hand over the wartime operational command to the ROK, Abrams said that the two sides reached an agreement on the conditional transfer of wartime operational command in 2015, and are now gradually approaching the target. The specific time needs to be finalized after all the conditions have been met.
Speaking about the next years US-ROK cost negotiations, which will be held as early as the first half of this year, he said that he thanked the ROK for its various support to US troops in Korea and looked forward to a smooth agreement between the two sides.
DATA PICTURE: U.S. F-16 fighter fleet in Korea. (Pictures come from the Internet)
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Wang Xu_NBJS8023