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Defense minister orders 'stern' response to any direct N. Korean provocations

All News 18:32 May 27, 2022

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup called on new top military officers Friday to respond "sternly" to any direct North Korean provocations amid tensions caused by the recalcitrant regime's recent missile launches.

Lee made the remarks during separate inauguration ceremonies for new Army Chief of Staff Gen. Park Jeong-hwan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Jung Sang-hwa and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lee Jong-ho.

Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup salutes during an inauguration ceremony for Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lee Jong-ho at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters, 160 kilometers south of Seoul on May 27, 2022. (Yonhap)

Their inaugurations came as Seoul is seeking to sharpen deterrence in the wake of Pyongyang's recent provocations, including an apparent intercontinental ballistic missile launch on Wednesday, and amid concerns about its possible nuclear test.

"When it comes to our current operations, there shouldn't be any cracks, and if North Korea launches a direct provocation, we should respond sternly in light of self-defense," Lee said during Park's inauguration at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters, 160 kilometers south of Seoul.

New Army Chief of Staff Gen. Park Jeong-hwan speaks during his inauguration ceremony at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters, 160 kilometers south of Seoul on May 27, 2022 in this photo released by the Army. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Touching on the North's ICBM launch this week and its preparations for a nuclear test, the minister said that the North is "seriously" threatening security on the Korean Peninsula and beyond.

At the event for the new Navy chief, Lee also ordered a stern response to any direct provocations near the Northern Limit Line, a de facto inter-Korean sea border. At Jung's ceremony, he called for an "immediate" response to "all air threats."

New Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lee Jong-ho salutes during his inauguration ceremony at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters, 160 kilometers south of Seoul on May 27, 2022. (Yonhap)

Taking the Army's helm, Gen. Park stressed the need to secure capabilities and posture to fight and win in any future conflict based on the "solid South Korea-U.S. alliance."

Adm. Lee vowed to cultivate "elite" naval forces based on cutting-edge technologies, and lead the armed service in a "transparent and efficient" way.

Gen. Jung pledged to build the "strongest Air Force" that will be trusted by citizens.

New Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Jung Sang-hwa salutes during his inauguration ceremony at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters, 160 kilometers south of Seoul on May 27, 2022. (Yonhap)

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