South Korea displayed its longest-range missile and other sophisticated weapons at its biggest Armed Forces Day ceremony on Tuesday.
It was South Korea's massive ceremony in a decade and the first since North Korea conducted its third atomic test and threatened nuclear war earlier this year.
About 190 weapons systems and other equipment and 120 aircraft were featured at the ceremony at a military airport just south of Seoul. Among them were GPS-guided, Hyunmu-3 cruise missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) that South Korea developed in recent years. It was the first time the domestically built Hyunmu-3 was publicly shown; Seoul's Defense Ministry official was quoted as saying by Miami Herald.
"We must build up a strong deterrence against North Korea until it puts down its nuclear weapons program and make a right choice for its own people and peace on the Korean Peninsula," President Park Geun-hye said in a speech.
South Korea is seeking to maintain its strong alliance with the U.S.and establish missile defense and pre-emptive strike capabilities to let North Korea know "the nuclear weapons and missiles it is obsessed with are useless.
The South Korean Defense Ministry announced today that it will showcase a cruise missile capable of surgical strikes at the military parade in Seoul next month. The October 1st parade will showcase military arsenals such as tanks, rockets and helicopters and fighter jets, a ministry official was quoted as saying by AFP
South Korea will deploy Israeli-made, precision-guided missiles to protect its western islands near the tense border with North Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday. "A deal was reached recently to bring in Spike NLOS missiles developed by Israel," a military source was quoted as saying
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