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U.S., South Korea delay shift of war-time command role to Seoul

Oct 24, 2014    

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs agreed on Thursday that for the foreseeable future the United States will take overall command of their combined forces in case of a war, reversing an earlier plan to shift the responsibility to Seoul next year.The new arrangement, requested by South Korea, delayed transition to South Korean command leadership until Seoul has better military capabilities to counter the kinds of nuclear weapons and missile threats posed by North Korea.U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo signed the accord...

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