Seoul DM calls for firm readiness against Pyongyang

TOKYO, South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo called for maintaining a staunch defense posture amid stalled nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday.

Jeong made the call during a biannual meeting of top commanders in Seoul. “North Korea has stepped up its military moves, and our military has been closely monitoring the situation,” Jeong said in his opening remarks, adding that security circumstances on the Korean Peninsula this year have changed dramatically so that it is hard to predict what is to come.

The minister cited North’s test-firing of rockets and missiles 13 times so far this year, such as short-range ballistic missiles, with the latest test of super-large multiple rocket launcher having taken place on Thursday.

In violation of the inter-Korean military agreement signed in September 2018, the North also conducted artillery-firing drills on the border island in the Yellow Sea last month, according to Jeong.

“In consideration of North Korea’s recent military moves, it is necessary to maintain a staunch defense readiness posture based on stern discipline,” he added.

The meeting came a day after the North warned the US to heed a year-end deadline for coming up with a new negotiating proposal acceptable to Pyongyang, saying it is up to Washington what Christmas gift it will get; an apparent threat of provocations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency