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US military creates space unit in South Korea amid North Korea threats


SEOUL: The US Army officially launches a space force unit in Southern South Korea on Wednesday, a move that will likely allow Washington to better monitor its adversaries North KoreaChina and Russia.
Activation of US Space Force Korea at Osan Airbase near Seoul coming later North North Korea has test-fired a series of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles designed to hit the US mainland and its allies South Korea and Japan in recent months.
“Just 48 miles north of us exists an existential threat; A threat that we must be prepared to contain, defend, and – if necessary – defeat,” Lieutenant Colonel Joshua McCullion, commander of the new space unit, said during the activation ceremony in Osan. He appeared to be referring to North Korea, which has a heavily fortified border with South Korea, just an hour’s drive from Seoul, the capital of the South.
The unit, part of the US Space Force, was launched in December 2019 under then-President Donald Trump as the first new US service in more than 70 years.
The Space Force is seen as an affirmation of the need to organize more effectively to protect U.S. interests in space — particularly satellites used for navigation, intelligence, and civilian communications. military and military. A previous Pentagon report said China and Russia had embarked on major efforts to develop technologies that could allow them to disrupt or destroy US and allied satellites in a nuclear attack. crisis or conflict.
The U.S. Space Force in South Korea is a subordinate of a larger U.S. Space Force unit formed within the Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii last month.
Jung Chang Wook, head of research organization Korea Defense Research Forum in Seoul, said the US Space Force was formed to bring together diverse surveillance assets including aerial satellites. time in an organization to manage and develop them in an effective, systematic way. He said their unit in South Korea will act as a field unit while the other at Indo-Pacific Command will be the headquarters.
“The United States Space Force in Korea will maintain, operate, and evaluate associated equipment. Simply put, I would say that the real space operations of the United States will be conducted at Osan Air Base,” Jung said. He said the main role of the US Space Force in Korea will be to receive, process and analyze the huge amount of data and information transmitted by US satellites.
“The US military is faster, better connected, more informed, more accurate, and more dangerous thanks to space,” Gen. Paul LaCamera, commander of 28,500 US troops in South Korea, spoke during the ceremony. “In particular, today’s activation of the United States Space Force in South Korea… strengthens our ability to defend our homeland and ensure peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.”
Jung said the launch of the space unit in South Korea was mainly aimed at better monitoring North Korea, then China and then Russia.
The United States and South Korea have expanded regular military exercises and pushed to further strengthen their joint defense against North Korea’s burgeoning nuclear program. North Korea has threatened to use nuclear weapons preemptively in potential conflicts with the United States and South Korea, and the US military has warned North Korea that using nuclear weapons “will lead to the end of that regime”.

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