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(LEAD) USFK chief nominee says OPCON transfer needed in 2015

2013/07/31 03:18

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details)

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Yonhap) -- The nominee to become the top commander of American troops in South Korea said Tuesday he supports the transition of wartime operational control (OPCON) as scheduled in 2015, despite Seoul's call for some flexibility on the timeline.

The stance by Army Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti reflects a gap between the allies on the appropriate timing for the OPCON transfer in the face of growing threats from nuclear-armed North Korea.