Significance of new S. Korea-U.S. Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation
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출처: ARIRANG NEWS | 신문기사 일자: 2016-10-21
As our Kim Hyun-bin reported at the top of the broadcast, South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to enhance deterrence against North Korea's threats by establishing a new high-level bilateral body,... the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group.
We delve into the significance of this new form of cooperation,... with our Kwon Soa.
South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Defense will be co-chairing with the United States' Department of State and Department of Defense the newly established Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group.
Seoul and Washington made the decision at a high-level meeting in Washington Wednesday,... in order to work closely on policy issues regarding extended deterrence -- defined as the prevention of an armed attack against a state,... in this case, preventing a North Korean attack against South Korea.
The EDSCG is to encompass diplomacy, information, and military coordination, as well as economic elements.
South Korea sees big significance in the new dialogue. "The EDSCG is meaningful in that it is a comprehensive mechanism on policy and strategy levels,... that can maximize integrated deterrence against North Korea."
So far, existing committees on deterrence were generally confined to military level strategy issues.
"They were only talking about specific military operation systems, and they need to report to a higher-ranked headquarters, which takes time for them to undertake the measures in reality. Compared to that, the newly formed Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group is a more broad strategy and policy making group and very much independent."
That's why experts say,... high-level officials will be able to efficiently and swiftly cooperate whenever something happens on the Korean Peninsula. "The South Korean government said Thursday,... it views the new Seoul-Washington deterrence cooperation scheme as a way to amplify the pressure on Pyongyang, as the plan will be based on military and diplomatic measures working in tandem with one another.