The government has promised to review a proposal by the ruling Saenuri Party to swiftly introduce nuclear-propelled submarines.
Following a defense meeting with the government on Tuesday, Saenuri chief policymaker Kim Gwang-lim said North Korea’s possession of submarine-launched ballistic missiles is becoming a reality and posing a threat to South Korea’s security.
He also said that the ruling party and the government agreed on the need to speed up the establishment of the combined system of deterrence involving the Kill Chain, Korean Air and Missile Defense and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation plans by the early 2020s as a way to reinforce initial response capabilities against possible North Korean provocations.
Kim said that his party will push to introduce ballistic missile early warning radar systems, Taurus missiles and maritime helicopters earlier. He also pledged to try to set aside a fund during the parliamentary budget proposal process in ordered to secure more combat weapons.