June 15, 1999

ROK-U.S. Military Committee to Issue Warning Against North Korean Provocations


An ROK-U.S. Military Committee meeting, cochaired by the chairmen of the Korean and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, was held at the Korean Ministry of Defense this afternoon to jointly cope with the series of North Korean incursions over the Northern Limit Line (NLL) by its patrol boats that started on June 7 and the exchange of gunfire today between the navies of the two Koreas. Attending the meeting were top military leaders of the two countries including Gen. Kim Jin-ho, chief Korean delegate, and Gen. John Tilelli Jr., Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Forces Korea, who represented the U.S. in place of the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The meeting has determined that the North Korean Navy's initiation of firing against ROK navy ships was a clear violation of the 1953 Truce Agreement and an act of provocation timed with the opening of the General Officers Meeting at Panmunjom. The ROK-U.S. Military Committee decided to closely cooperate to jointly tackle the situation as follows:

First, the U.N. Commander-in-Chief in Korea will issue a strong warning to North Korea and demand that North Korea refrain from repeating such provocation.

Second, Korea and the U.S. will maintain a system of close military coordination.

Third, from this moment on, the United States will swiftly provide the necessary added support for the combined defense posture.