Maintaining the current command structure is a wise decision, given Pyongyang’s increasing nuclear threats and the growing possibility of sudden change in the North. In fact, the present situation is a reason to strengthen the CFC rather than disband it.
The envisioned combined command will send a clear message to the North that there won’t be any softening of the allies’ joint security posture even after the planned OPCON transition to South Korea.
It also illustrates the evolution of the military alliance between the two countries to the level of equal partnership.
Leaving the current system virtually intact would spare South Korea the trouble of setting up its own command with limited resources. Korea will instead be able to focus on modernizing its armed forces.
It would also provide the U.S. military with more room to maneuver should a sudden change occur in the North. In a word, it would create a win-win situation for both countries.
Updated : 2013-06-03 20:03