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Seoul to beef up deterrence strategies against N. Korea threats: JCS
Updated: 2021-10-07 04:15:31 KST
Seoul will further beef up its deterrence strategies against North Korea's nuclear missile threats while strengthening its attack and missile defense capabilities.
In a report for the annual parliamentary audit on Wednesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North continues to bolster its nuclear and missile capabilities.
In order to draw up new strategies against the threats, the JCS said the military is reassessing the security situation on the Korean Peninsula to take into consideration the results of the regime's party congress in January and U.S.-China tensions.
As a part of its five-year plan, Pyeongyang test-fired four missile launches just last month including a newly developed anti-aircraft missile.
Also on Wednesday, South Korea's first vice foreign minister Choi Jong-kun urged the North to return to dialogue immediately to carry out the inter-Korean military agreement.
Regarding Seoul's offer to declare an end of war with Pyeongyang, Choi highlighted at a forum that the two Koreas need to build a future order for peace on the Peninsula starting with the declaration.
Choi then noted it is time for the two sides to ask and answer one another through open dialogue.
While the North has remained unresponsive to Washington's overtures, a former U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday that the North is likely waiting to hear from the U.S. that it's committed to an action-for-action approach toward the North's complete denuclearization.
Noting that the North was still in a "low key," Andrew Kim, former founding director of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, said Pyeongyang is expected to focus on domestic politics in South Korea for the next few months, ahead of South Korea's presidential election, set to take place in March.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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