USFK Commander Calls for Boosted Capability to Strike N. Korea

Write : 2017-02-10 08:44:18 Update : 2017-02-10 12:44:26

USFK Commander Calls for Boosted Capability to Strike N. Korea

Anchor: Amid growing nuclear and missile threats by North Korea, the chief commander of U.S. Forces Korea(USFK) has called for boosting capabilities to strike the North. The South Korean military also decided to streamline its organization to better cope with the North’s threats.
Kim Bum-soo has more.
Report: [Sound bite: Gen. Vincent Brooks, US Forces Korea Commander (English)]
“It's very clear in what direction Kim Jong-un is heading and that is to have a full arsenal of capability that can hold the United States at risk for deterrence purposes, but also for coercive diplomacy.”

North Korea has deployed over one-thousand road-mobile Musudan, scud and Nodong missiles.

While Pyongyang is also ratcheting up threats to test-launch intercontinental ballistic missiles(ICBM), USFK Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks has called for boosting capabilities to strike key North Korean facilities.

Brooks said South Korea is so densely populated that any of North Korea’s missiles penetrating the missile defense system will cause an enormous loss for the country.
[Sound bite: Gen. Vincent Brooks, US Forces Korea Commander (English)]
"... So, the defense is not enough. If you are not also able to kill the archers, we will never be able to catch enough arrows."
General Brooks' comments were made known Thursday as he spoke via teleconference in Washington as part of an air and missile defense forum hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.
Since Kim Jong-un assumed power after the death of his late father and former leader Kim Jong-il in late 2011, the country has conducted two nuclear tests. It also launched more than 120 missiles, which is twice as many fired by his father and grandfather, Kim Il-sung combined over a period of 40 years.
The South Korean military is also beefing up efforts to better deal with the North’s nuclear and missile threats.

According to revised defense reform plans reported to Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn on Thursday, the South Korean military is planning to establish a nuclear and Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMD) response center within the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

It also plans to create the K-2 operations headquarters at the Air Force Operations Command, which combines the Kill-Chain preemptive strike system and the Korean Air and Missile Defense System(KAMD).

Seoul also plans to establish the so-called decapitation brigade, designed to eliminate the North Korean leadership in the event of a contingency, within the year.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

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