According to the VNA reporter in Seoul, South Korea and the US are preparing to hold the exercise annual Spring next March, despite criticism from North Korea.
Some sources said Seoul and Washington are conducting expert-level consultations to decide the details, including the size and schedule of the exercise.
The US and South Korea often hold large joint exercises twice a year with smaller scale drills throughout the year. However, the two sides postponed “indefinitely” the Spring exercise program in 2020 due to an outbreak of acute respiratory infections COVID-19, while the exercise Summer is delayed until August.
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In addition, the two sides are also consulting on full combat capabilities (FOC) testing, which is to check whether Seoul can meet the conditions for the transfer of wartime operational command.OPCON) from the US to the Korean military or not. This trial was planned for 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Although the exact timeframe for the OPCON handover process has not been set yet, the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes the transfer will be completed during Moon Jae-in’s term, which is expected. ends in May 2022./.