Dec. 31 (UPI) — America and South Korea mentioned plans for potential navy workouts, however the two sides are involved in regards to the impression of drills on North Korea, based on experiences.

America and South Korea have staged workouts at the very least twice a 12 months earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, in March and August. In 2020, coaching for the Mixed Forces Command was postponed and solely a scaled-down drill came about in late August, Information 1 reported Thursday.

The COVID-19 pandemic additionally has delayed bilateral plans for verifying full operational capabilities, or FOC, of South Korea’s navy, step one towards transitioning wartime operational management from the US to South Korea, also called OPCON.

South Korea is searching for the completion of the transition earlier than Could 2022, the tip of President Moon Jae-in’s time period, however U.S. Forces Korea officers have urged extra time is required.

The U.S.-South Korean Mixed Forces Command is at the moment the war-fighting mission management on the peninsula. It has greater than 600,000 lively obligation troopers of each international locations below its command. America has 28,500 troops in Korea.

On Thursday, U.S. and South Korean navy officers additionally exchanged views on coaching with ways in which wouldn’t provoke North Korea, South Korean information community MBN reported. Pyongyang has claimed the joint workouts are a preparation for an invasion.

The assembly of the Mixed Forces Command, USFK, the United Nations Command, and the South’s Joint Chiefs of Employees, came about in the identical day COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed to South Korean staff on U.S. navy bases and South Korean KATUSA troopers posted to U.S. military bases.

COVID-19 vaccines for U.S. troops in Korea started earlier this week. A second supply of vaccines is anticipated quickly, and U.S. and South Korean militaries are discussing the continued distribution of the vaccines to service members of each nationalities, based on experiences.