SOUTH KOREA - President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday vowed to step up efforts for stronger deterrence until Pyongyang made the "right" choice for peninsular peace, as Seoul marked the 65th anniversary of the founding of its armed forces.
During Seoul's largest military parade in a decade, Park said Seoul would strive to quickly acquire key assets, including a low-tier missile defence system, to counter threats from North Korea's nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction.
"The current security environment surrounding the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia is very grave. The North has been gradually upgrading its nuclear capabilities," Park said during the parade at Seoul Airport in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province.
"I believe that the genuine value of the military lies not in waging war, but on deterring war. … I will make the North Korean regime recognise that the nuclear arms and missiles it has been constantly pursuing are no longer useful."
For the military event, also attended by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, some 11,000 troops, 120 aircraft and 190 ground-based military weapons systems were mobilized.
For the first time, the military revealed the Hyunmu-II ballistic missile with a range of 300 km and the Hyunmu-III cruise missile with a range of 1,000 km, both of which are capable of striking key military targets in the North.
It also unveiled the Israeli-made Spike missile with a range of 20 km, which is capable of launching precision strikes on artillery pieces on the western coast of the communist state.
During the parade, Park pledged to quickly establish the "Kill Chain" system and the Korea Air and Missile Defence programme.