20 July 2017

News Story: S.Korea to push rapid recovery of wartime operational control from U.S.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in
SEOUL, July 19 (Xinhua) -- The new South Korean government under President Moon Jae-in planned to push for a rapid recovery of wartime operational control of South Korean forces from the United States.

It was unveiled on Wednesday in the five-year plan for state management under the new administration, which was inaugurated on May 10, according to the presidential Blue House.

Under the preliminary version of the plan, South Korea would speed up preparations for the transfer of wartime command of its troops from Washington to complete it "within the five-year tenure" of President Moon.

It was altered in the final version into a "rapid transfer" based on the firm South Korea-U.S. alliance. On his campaign trail, Moon pledged an early recovery of its wartime operational control.

The alteration was made under the instruction of President Moon, a Blue House official told reporters.

South Korea handed over its operational command to the U.S. forces after the three-year Korean War broke out in 1950. The country won back its peacetime operational control in 1994.

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