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Defense minister urges firm combat readiness to back peace drive

Defense 11:20 December 05, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo on Wednesday stressed the importance of maintaining a robust defense posture to buttress the nascent peace process on the peninsula.

Presiding over a year-end meeting with more than 140 top commanders nationwide, the minister cited two pillars of the government's security strategy: peace and strong defense capability.

"There should be no change, not even a little, to our military's mission and role despite the easing of military tensions between the South and the North and confidence building," Jeong said at the start of the session held at the Ministry of National Defense compound in Seoul.

Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, clad in a black suit, and top commanders salute the national flag during a Seoul meeting on Dec. 5, 2018. (Yonhap)

He instructed the commanders to keep cooperating closely with the United States in implementing related inter-Korean military accords.

Following the minister's remarks, the military leaders had closed-door discussions on key pending issues, including defense reform plans and Seoul's pursuit of regaining wartime operational control of its troops from Washington.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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