Seoul to deploy more USA military assets

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GETTYMAPPED North Korea could hit Guam with a missile

That joint deterrence, however, must be led by the South Korean military.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has risen in recent weeks as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump exchanged war-like threats and insults over the North's nuclear and missile development program. "I believe our military has such capabilities. The people and I have confidence in our armed forces".

"The top priority is to secure abilities to counter the North Korean nuclear and missile threats", Moon said in his speech.

The inflamed rhetoric came after President Trump told the United Nations general assembly that America would have "no choice but to totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself an its allies.

In a separate speech on Thursday, Moon said cooperation with the global community to curb the North's nuclear ambitions was at its highest level ever and called for the strengthening of South Korea-US defenses to rein in the North. It was the first time that the Navy command hosted the event. "This shows the president's will to improve the capabilities of not only the Army but also the Navy and Air Force".

The Kremlin's foreign ministry said it is working "behind the scenes" on finding a political solution to the North Korea crisis. Moon inspected the troops and weapons during the ceremony. The Kill Chain system would carry out a pre-emptive first strike against hostile launch sites, the Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) system would attempt to intercept any missiles that would cross the border, and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) plan intends to obliterate the entirety of North Korea if its missiles do hit targets down south.

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Also displayed at the event were the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), the Hyungung anti-tank guided weapon, SLAM-ER long-range air-to-ground missile, the Taurus long-range air-to-ground guided missile, the Patriot PAC-II air defense missiles, and the M-SAM surface-to-air missile.

South Korean lawmakers said Chung had told them the United States and South Korea had agreed on the rotational deployment of USA strategic assets to South Korea, possibly as soon as year-end. Officials, however, said the deployment schedule is yet to be fixed.

Chung Eui-young, the chief of the National Security Office, made the remarks on Wednesday during Moon's meeting with the leaders of four major parties at the presidential office. According to spokesmen of the ruling Democratic Party and opposition People's Party, Chung told them that the United States has promised to expand rotational deployments of strategic assets near the peninsula.

Moon said he had opposed the deployment of US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea, but rapid improvement in North Korea's missile capabilities prompted the decision. "Right now, the two sides are having talks about the schedule and direction".

While the Sinpo-class submarines present the greatest challenge, Park writes it is North Korea's Romeo-class submarines that serve as its main line. October 10 is one of the most important political anniversaries of the North - the anniversary of the Workers' Party foundation.

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