CCTV News: On the issue of peninsula peace, the ROK-US joint military exercise that has been held frequently has repeatedly escalated the situation in the peninsula. However, Korean media quoted South Korean Defense Minister Song Yongwu as saying on the 12th that if South Korea can complete a new round of defense reforms by 2023, it will withdraw wartime operational command from the United States. It is reported that Song Yongwu made the above statement during the defense budget discussion meeting on the 11th. Before attending the meeting, Song Yongwu went to South Korea's presidential palace Cheong Wa Dae and submitted the "National Defense Reform Version 2.0" plan to the president Wen Zaiyu. According to South Korea’s “Korean Daily”, this is the exact time when the South Korean military has publicly proposed to withdraw this authority for the first time.
News link: U.S. and South Korea postpone the transfer of wartime control orders several times
Since the early 1950s, the command of the Korean Army has long been under the command of the U.S. military. In 1994, South Korea regained its military command during peacetime but did not withdraw its wartime operational command. In October 2014, the United States and South Korea held the 46th US-South Korean security conference in Washington. At that meeting, the two sides agreed to postpone delaying the transfer of wartime command, which was postponed from December 1st, 2015 to mid-2020s. Analysts believe that this decision can in fact be seen as postponing the transfer deadline indefinitely. During his election to the presidency, Wen promised to withdraw wartime command during his term of office. The South Korean military previously proposed to strive to recover this authority from 2025 to 2026.
Korea will upgrade reconnaissance system to reduce dependence on US forces
A South Korean military official said in an interview with Yonhap News Agency that the South Korean military has acquired many satellite images at this stage and Video intelligence comes from the U.S. military. According to the official, in order to reduce its reliance on the US military, the South Korean military plans to introduce two "Global Hawk" high altitude unmanned reconnaissance planes in 2019 and a reconnaissance flying mission in 2020 to exclusively control and use unmanned reconnaissance planes. . In addition, the Korean Army plans to deploy five reconnaissance satellites from 2020 to 2022.