U.S., S. Korea talk relocation, other military issues
TOKYO - The United States and South Korea met in Washington on Monday to discuss the relocation of American troops on the peninsula and wartime control of Korean troops.
The one-day meeting is part of ongoing consultations over various military issues. The two countries hold Security Policy Initiative meetings every two months, a South Korean military press release said. The talks are rotated between Seoul and Washington.
Cheon Je-kook, assistant defense minister for policy, will represent South Korea during the talks. Richard Lawless, deputy defense undersecretary for Asia and Pacific Affairs, will represent the United States.
By 2012, the countries plan to move the Yongsan Garrison in Seoul to a base in Pyeongtaek, 42 miles south of the capital. The U.S. also has agreed to give South Korea wartime control of its troops by that time.
The U.S. commander has had wartime operational control of South Korean troops since shortly after the Korean War.