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Defense chief admits to Seoul's offer of OPCON transfer delay: lawmaker

2013/07/18 16:01

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's defense minister confirmed Thursday that he had requested the U.S. government to reconsider the date of the planned 2015 transition of wartime operational control (OPCON) to Seoul in light of growing threats posed by North Korea, a ruling party lawmaker said.

Calls have grown to postpone the transfer of OPCON following North Korea's third nuclear test in February and its war-like threats against Seoul and Washington earlier this year. Seoul officials, however, continue to state that preparations are still on schedule to meet the December 2015 deadline.