South Koreans Demand U.S. Maintain Wartime Operational Control

Created: 2013-05-02 11:37 EST

Category: World

South Korean demonstrators rallied in the capital on Wednesday, calling on Washington to indefinitely postpone the transfer of wartime operational control to Seoul.

About 500 pro-U.S. army protesters gathered in front of Seoul's train station chanting slogans while holding up banners with messages such as "We hope President Park Geun-hye achieves putting off the wartime operational control" and "We are opposed to a break up of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command".

During the rally, a hip hop dancer wearing the U.S. national flag and a ballerina wearing South Korean national flag danced together as a metaphor for harmony between two countries.

The United States has about 28,000 forces in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North nearly six decades after the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The rally was held ahead of the meeting between current South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Obama at the White House on May 7 to discuss economic and security issues, including "countering the North Korean threat".

North Korea has been comparatively quiet in recent days following weeks of nuclear war threats made after it was angered by U.N. sanctions and joint U.S.-South Korea military drills that have since ended on schedule.

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