World War 3: South Korea demand control of US MILITARY to ‘instil fear’ in North Korea
Back in September, president Moon Jae-in revealed his intention to call for the move.
During the nation’s Armed Forces Day ceremony, he said South Korea “should have wartime operational control to instil fear in North Korea and win the trust of the citizens” and that “retrieving wartime operational control will boost military development and place South Korea at the centre of East Asian security, based on independent defence capabilities.”
Operational control refers to a right to control military operations – this is usually given to the head of the sovereign state, however, South Korea gave its operational control to the US’ General Douglas MacArthur in 1950 after the outbreak of the Korean War.
The South claimed back its peacetime operational control in 1994, although the wartime operational control is still held by the commander of the Combined Forces Command – this is a US general.
There has been an ongoing debate on South Korea’s military operational control for over 10 years.
It was initially thought a date would be set for the handover of control – however, after a series of delays this was postponed indefinitely until certain conditions were met during a 46th Security Consultative Meeting in October 2014.
Moon Jae-in’s calls for military control come as the US and North Korea are on the verge of World War 3.
South Korea’s defence minister Song Young-moo recently claimed that nuclear tests are part of the despot leader Kim Jong-un’s plot to maintain a stranglehold over his people during a time the nation is plagued with sanctions.
The ministry declared North Korea “will fire more missiles” as a means of survival.
During South Korea’s end-of-year meeting today, defence minister Song Young-moo claimed the nation has maintained a “watertight” defensive stance over its aggressive neighbour.
The meeting involved over 150 senior commanders from across the country.
This year has seen six nuclear tests and 15 ballistic missile launches from the isolationist state.
South Korea also warned of a tactical escalation from its neighbour that could see it cross the Northern Limit Line, an artillery attack or a hacking operation.
With the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic games on the horizon, the South reiterated its commitment to ensuring a successful hosting of the global event.