S. Korean defense minister visits Washington for security talks

19:05, October 07, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae- young left Thursday for the United States to attend the latest round of bilateral security talks.

Kim will meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Washington for an annual Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) on Friday to discuss bilateral alliance, current security situations and Seoul's planned takeover of wartime operational control of its troops, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The 42th round of the SCM, launched in 1968, is the first one to come after Seoul and Washington agreed earlier this year to delay the handover of wartime operational control of South Korean troops until 2015.

Seoul's initial plan to retake the wartime control, initially slated for 2012, was revised after the fatal March sinking of a South Korean warship, blamed on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), highlighted lingering security concerns in Seoul.

Its wartime operational command was handed over to the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War, which was later transferred to the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC). Some 28,500 U.S. troops have been stationed in the country since the ceasefire left the two Koreas technically at war with each other.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion