UPDATED 11:51 AM PT – Thursday, October 15, 2020
Defense Secretary Mark Esper recently held a bilateral meeting with his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon. The officials met on Wednesday to discuss the eventual transition of military command in South Korea from the U.S. to the South Korean government.
Thank you to Minister Suh and our friends from the Republic of Korea for making the journey to Washington, DC for the 52nd Security Consultative Meeting to discuss opportunities to advance our Alliance. #WeGoTogether pic.twitter.com/0Lsa07PM6E
— Dr. Mark T. Esper (@EsperDoD) October 14, 2020
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is seeking to retake operational control before he leaves office in 2022. They also addressed the recent unveiling of North Korea’s ballistic missiles.
“North Korea unveiled a weapon presumed to be a new long-range ballistic missile at the military parade on October 10,” explained Defense Minister Suh Wook. “Amid the environment of persisting security unrest on the Korean peninsula and in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, defense ministers of South Korea and the United States met in person to exchange our views and develop a bond.”
Secretary Esper highlighted the importance of the alliance while noting South Korea is making great progress toward stability.