South Korea and US Hold Key Military Meeting Amid North Korean Threats

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.14 - 2024 8:30 AM CET

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The South Korean Defense Ministry has announced an upcoming meeting between top special operations officials from South Korea and the U.S.

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The South Korean Defense Ministry has announced an upcoming special operations meeting between senior officials from South Korea and the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK).

Scheduled for later this month, this rare assembly aims to enhance special warfare capabilities in response to persistent threats from North Korea, according to the Korean news agency Yonhap.

South Korea has its own special forces units within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

These units often train together with the U.S. Special Operations Command Korea, but a meeting involving all the commanders from these groups is rare and indicates the serious nature of the security concerns.

A Defense Ministry official explained, "Our military is planning to hold a meeting between major South Korean and U.S. commanders to discuss ways to enhance special warfare capabilities and the direction of their development."

However, the specific details about who will attend and when the meeting will take place are still being decided.

This announcement comes at a time when North Korea has shown strong opposition to joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S., viewing them as threatening.

In response to recent joint drills, including an airborne exercise involving special forces from both countries, North Korea last month conducted what it described as a "nuclear counterattack" drill with its rocket launchers.

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