"U.S.-ROK Military Commission (MCM) meeting held in Seoul Extended deterrence, firm commitment to defense of the Korean Peninsu

Author
Janne Pak
Date
2021-12-01 21:03
(12-01-2021) by: Janne Pak(Chief Pentagon Correspondent)


@Mark Milley, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and In-cheol Won, Chairman of the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff are co-chairing the 46th ROK-U.S. Military Committee Meeting (MCM).(12.01.2021)

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Chairman Mark Milley and South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff In-cheol Won discussed the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, including the provision of extended deterrence, and the combined defense posture at the 46th ROK-U.S. Military Commission (MCM) meeting held on the 1st, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.


@(Mark Milley (Right), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and In-Cheol Won(center), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ROK, attend a ceremony and salute at the Joint Chiefs of Staff training center in Yongsan, Seoul prior to the Korea-U.S. Military Commission (MCM) meeting on the 1st.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, reaffirmed at the meeting that it will firmly keep its promise to defend the Korean Peninsula.

“Extended deterrence” refers to the expansion and support of the U.S. nuclear power, including strategic bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and missile defense systems, when U.S. allies are threatened with nuclear attack. .

It is reported that the heads of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the two countries received a report on the assessment of the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.

The meeting was attended by Jeong Sang-hwa, head of the Strategic Planning Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific, and Paul Lacamera, commander of the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command.

In addition, the Joint Chiefs of Staff shared the view on the successful implementation of the Korea-U.S. Combined Command Post Training (CCPT) and progress in the transition of wartime operational control based on conditions, the Joint Chiefs of Staff reported.

"The chairpersons of the two countries emphasized the importance of holding a face-to-face meeting of the ROK-U.S. military committee to demonstrate the strength, trust and flexibility of the ROK-U.S. alliance," the JCS added. .

The MCM is an annual meeting to provide strategic and operational guidelines for the defense of South Korea to the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command and discuss military issues between the two countries.

The MCM meeting was held for the first time in two years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Secretary Seo Wook will attend the 53rd Korea-US Security Council Meeting (SCM) to be held on the 2nd.

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[한.미 군사위(MCM) 회의 개최]
"미국, 확장억제포함 한반도 방위공약 다짐 확고!"

마크 밀리 미 합참의장과 원인철 한국 합참의장은 1일 열린 제46차 한.미 군사위원회(MCM) 회의에서 확장억제 제공을 포함한 한반도 안보상황과 연합방위태세등을 논의했다고 합참이 밝혔다.

밀리 합참의장은 이날 회의에서 한반도 방위공약을 확고하게 지켜나갈 것임을 재확인했다.

‘확장억제’(extended deterrence)는 미국의 동맹국이 핵 공격 위협을 받을 때 전략폭격기와 대륙간탄도미사일(ICBM), 미사일방어체제 등 미국의 핵 전력을 확장해 지원하는 것을 가리킨다. .

양국 합참의장은 이 자리에서 한반도와 역내 안보 상황에 대한 평가를 보고받은 것으로 전해졌다.

이날 회의에는 정상화 합참 전략기획본부장, 존 아퀼리노 미 인도‧태평양사령관, 폴 러캐머라 한미연합사령관 등이 참석했다.

또한 한·미연합지휘소훈련(CCPT)의 성공적 시행과 조건에 기초한 전시작전통제권 전환의 진전에 대해 인식을 같이했다고 합참은 전했다.

합참은 “양국 의장이 한·미동맹의 힘과 신뢰, 유연성을 보여주기 위해 한·미 군사위원회 회의를 대면으로 시행하는 것의 중요성을 강조하고, 지역안보와 평화기여 노력을 강화하기로 했다”고 덧붙였다.

MCM은 한국 방위를 위한 전략지시와 작전지침을 한미연합사령관에게 제공하고 양국간 군사현안을 논의하는 연례회의다.

MCM 회의는 코로나19 펜데믹 영향으로 대면 회의는 2년 만에 열렸다.

한편 로이드 오스틴 미국 국방부 장관과 서욱 한국 국방부 장관은 2일 열리는 제53차 한미안보협의회의(SCM)에 참석 할 것이다.

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(Janne Pak, White House Correspondent)
A Professional female Journalist who has covered the Korean Peninsula Issues and Korea-U.S. relations for over 20 years, White House, Pentagon, State Department, Congress.