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New ROK-U.S. combined forces deputy chief vows strong readiness, smooth OPCON transfer

All Headlines 18:20 April 17, 2019

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The new deputy commander of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) vowed efforts Wednesday to strengthen the two sides' joint readiness posture and enhance the bilateral alliance.

"I will fully prepare for key issues regarding combined operations, such as the conditions-based transfer of wartime operational control, based on mutual trust and understanding," Gen. Choi Byung-hyuk said during his inauguration ceremony.

The allies have been working on the conditions-based handover of OPCON, under which Seoul will lead wartime operations with Washington playing a supporting role.

Citing President Moon Jae-in's message that the strong alliance is the bedrock of the stability of the Korean Peninsula and beyond, Choi pledged to strive for its development "in a future-oriented manner."

"As a combat command, the CFC needs to clearly recognize its identity as a combat command and immerse itself in building a staunch joint combat readiness posture," he said.

Deputy Commander of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command Gen. Choi Byung-hyuk (R) salutes during his inauguration ceremony in Seoul on April 17, 2019. (Yonhap)


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